Genus GRUS

Head partly or wholly bare of feathers. Wings long, ample, 3rd quill usually longest; tertiary quills lengthened, exceeding the primaries considerably; tail short; tibia naked for a considerable portion of its length. Toes short, stout; claws short, rather obtuse. Sexes alike in plumage.

Cranes are widely distributed. Four species are Indian or Burmese.

Key to the Species.

a. Plumage grey.
a1. Crown naked in adults; sides of head and upper neck feathered; tarsus less than 10……………………G. communis, p. 186.
b1. Whole head and upper neck without feathers; tarsus over 11.
a2. A white collar……………………G. antigone, p. 188.
b2. No white collar……………………G. sharpii, p. 189.
b. Plumage white ……………………G. leucogeranus, p. 187.

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: 
Genus GRUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
18
M_ID: 
3801
M_SN: 
Grus
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2011

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