Genus GLAUCIDIUM

This genus differs chiefly from Athene in having a more rounded wing, and the first quill much shorter, it being the shortest of all the primaries; the 4th is generally longest, but is occasionally exceeded by the 5th or the 3rd. All the Indian species, too, are well distinguished by having the upper surface barred instead of spotted. The cere is swollen and the nostrils tubular, the tarsus feathered and the toes provided above with bristles.

This genus is widely distributed in the tropical and temperate regions of the Old World and in Southern and Central America, but not in Australia.

Key to the Species.

a. No collar: wing exceeding 4.5.
a1. Abdomen longitudinally striated.
a2. Back and wings not chestnut ………………………G. cuculoides, p. 305.
b2. Back and wings chestnut ………………………G. castanonotum, p. 307.
b1. Abdomen transversely barred………………………G. radiatum, p. 306.
b. A distinct huff collar: wing under 4 ………………………G. brodiei, p. 307.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
Genus GLAUCIDIUM
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
305
M_ID: 
6729
M_SN: 
Glaucidium
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1659

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