Genus HEMIXUS

The genus Hemixus, of which H. flavala is the type, contains five Indian species closely related to each other. It differs from Hypsipetes in having the tail square or slightly rounded, and its outer feathers straight. The crest consists of a great number of short but sharply-pointed feathers. The nuchal hairs are short and indistinct, but the rictal bristles are strong. The wing is pointed, the secondaries falling short of the tip by a considerable distance.

The birds of this genus do not habitually frequent forests and high trees like the Black Bulbuls, but they are found chiefly on the outskirts of forests and in secondary jungle. They are chiefly fruit-eaters.

Key to the Species.

a. Tail dark brown.
a1. Whole upper plumage ashy………………It. flavala, p. 203.
b1. Whole upper plumage brown………………H. davisoni, p. 264.
c1. Head black, contrasting with the ashy hack………………H. hildebrandi, p. 264.
b. Tail green.
d1. Throat whitish; remainder of lower plumage pale rufous………………It. macclellandi, p. 265.
e1. Throat and whole lower plumage more or less uniformly grey………………H. tickelli, p. 265.

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 HEMIXUS
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
263
M_ID: 
22285
M_SN: 
Hemixos
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
380

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