Genus POLIOAETUS

Bill shorter than in Haliaetus, culmen arched from the cere, festoon prominent, nostrils oval; wings rounded, 4th and 5th quills longest; tail moderate, slightly rounded. Tarsus feathered in front for one third of its length or rather more, the rest covered in front and behind with large rectangular scuta), the sides reticulated; the toes with broad scales above and pointed scales beneath; the outer toe partially reversible, but not completely, as in the Osprey; claws strong, much curved, rounded beneath.

This genus has been classed with the Ospreys, but it agrees with other Eagles in anatomy, and the feathers have an aftershaft. There are two species, both Indian. They are inland birds, and prefer rivers to the sea.

Key to the Species.

a. Basal three-fourths of all tail-feathers white in adults, mottled in young………………………P. ichthyaetus, p. 370.
b. Middle tail-feathers brown throughout………………………P. humilis, p. 371.

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 POLIOAETUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
370
M_ID: 
3058
M_SN: 
Haliaeetus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1725

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