Hemipus Hodgs., P. Z. S., 1845, p. 32. Type, H. capitalis
The genus Hemipus contains two Indo-Malayan species which are found within the area of this work.
In Hemipus the sexes differ in colour. The bill is about half the length of the head, very much depressed and rather wide and the nostrils are nearly hidden by hairs; the wing is fairly long and pointed and the tail-feathers graduated.
Key to Species.
A. Tail black with white tips to lateral fea-
thers and a white wing-bar H. picatus, p. 305.
B. Tail and wings with no white tips or bars. H. hirundinaceus, p. 308.