Genus GALLOPERDIX

Genus GALLOPERDIX.

* Galloperdix Blyth, J. A. S. B., xiii, pt. 2, p. 936 (1844).

Type, Perdix lunulata Valenc.

The genus Galloperdix is most happily named, for the species it contains are undoubtedly in appearance exactly halfway between the Jungle-Fowl and the Partridge. They look much like small hens, but have rather long tails carried like those of the Partridge and not compressed. The moult is not known, so for the present I retain them in the Perdicinae. The genus is confined to India and Ceylon.

The wing is short and rounded, the first primary the shortest and the fifth or sixth longest or equal; the tail consists of fourteen feathers, slightly graduated and about two-thirds to three-quarters the length of the wing; the tarsus is long and stoutly built with two, three or, rarely, four spurs, the female having one or two spurs on each leg; there is no wattle or comb as in the Jungle-Fowl but there is a naked space round the eye which, as is usual with such bare spaces, is a brighter brick-red in the breeding-season than at other times.

Key to Species.

A.Two or three spurs on each tarsus.
a. Breast chiefly chestnut or rufous…………..G. spadicea, , p. 358.
b. Breast buff with black spots…………..G. lunulata, , p. 362.
c.Breast chiefly white…………..G. bicalcarata, , p. 363.
B.Rarely more than one spur on one leg and two on the other.
d.Breast chestnut with black tips to the feathers…………..G. spadicea, p. 358.
e. Breast ochreous-brown…………..G. lunulata, p. 362.
f. Breast chestnut without black tip…………..G. bicalcarata, p. 363.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.5 1928.
Title in Book: 
Genus GALLOPERDIX
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1928
Page No: 
357
M_ID: 
1458
M_SN: 
Galloperdix
Volume: 
Vol. 5
Term name: 
id: 
4664

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