Family COLYMBIDAE

Family COLYMBIDAE.

The Loons or Divers differ greatly from the Grebes in their feet, which are furnished with full webs like that of a duck; the tail consists of 16 to 20 feathers and is less completely concealed than that of the Grebes, whilst the feathers are more developed; the plumage, more especially that on the upper parts, is harder and not so furry as that of any Podiceps; the dorsal vertebrae are not anchylosed; the sternum is much longer than in the preceding family; the spina externa present but the interna absent.

The family contains four species which are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere, one specimen of one species having been recorded from India.

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.6 1929.
Title in Book: 
Family COLYMBIDAE
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
485
M_ID: 
1653
M_SN: 
Gaviidae
Volume: 
Vol. 6
Term name: 
id: 
5317

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