Family GLAREOLIDAE

Schizorhinal (with the exception of Pluvianus) nostrils impervious, oval, more or less protected by membrane, situated in a basal depression, not a groove ; no basipterygoid processes ; cervical vertebrae 15 ; middle toe pectinated ; tarsus transversely shielded in front and behind.

Eggs coloured much like those of Plovers, buff or stone-coloured, spotted and blotched with black or brown, but more roundly oval in shape and less pointed at the smaller end.

This family, which is confined to the Eastern hemisphere, comprises the Coursers and Pratincoles, which form subfamilies thus distinguished:—

a. No hind toe ; tarsus long, about 1/3 wing…………………………Cursoriinae, p. 210.
b. A hind toe ; tarsus moderate, about 1/5 wing…………………………Glareolinae, p. 214.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Family GLAREOLIDAE
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
209
M_ID: 
4380
M_SN: 
Glareolidae
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2040

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