Genus HEMIPUS

The genus Hemipus contains three species, two of which are found within our limits and one in the Malay peninsula.

These birds have the habits of Flycatchers, catching their insect prey entirely in the air, and generally perching on the summits of high trees.

In Hemipus the sexes differ in colour. The bill is about half the Length of the head, very much depressed and rather wide, the nostrils nearly hidden by hairs. The wing is pointed and the tail graduated. The plumage is a mixture of black or brown with white

Key to the Species.

a. Head and back glossy black………………H. picatus p. 471.
b. Head glossy black, back brown………………H. capitalis p. 472.
c. Head and back brown………………H. picatus p. 471 & H. capitalis p. 472.

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 HEMIPUS
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
471
M_ID: 
17970
M_SN: 
Hemipus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
661

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