Genus PSAROGLOSSA

The genus Psaroglossa contains one bird which has been universally considered a Starling, but in my opinion erroneously so. Neither its structure, its Habits, nor the colour of its eggs show any affinities with the Sturnidae.

In Psaroglossa the sexes are differently coloured and the rictal bristles are well developed. In the Starlings the sexes are always alike and the rictal bristles are absolutely wanting. I think therefore that it is preferable to disassociate this genus from the Starlings and place it in the present family. The young, moreover, appear to resemble the adult female very closely, and not to be streaked as is the case with the majority of the Starlings.

In Psaroglossa the bill is slender and curved and the nostrils small and circular; the rictal bristles are strong. The feathers of the crown are short and pointed. The wing is long and pointed and the first primary is minute. The tail is short and square.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
Genus PSAROGLOSSA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
248
M_ID: 
26992
M_SN: 
Geokichla
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
362

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