Genus HEMIXUS

The genus Hemixus, of which H. flavala is the type, contains two Indian species and many subspecies. It differs from Microscelis 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 well short of the longest primaries.
The bill is like that of Microscelis but the tarsus is slightly shorter, though this is not noticeable in dry skins.
Key to Species and Subspecies.
A. Tail dark brown.
a. Head and back practically con-
colorous H. flavala flavala, p. 874.
b. Head much darker and contrasting with the back.
a1. Back brown, though lighter than
head H. fl. davisoni, p. 376.
b1. Back grey H. fl. hildebrandi, p. 376.
B. Tail green.
c. Back green.
c1. Breast and sides of neck strongly [p. 377.
rufous; throat nearly pure white H. macclellandi macclellandi,
d1. Breast and sides of neck merely
tinged rufous ; throat grey H. m. tickelli, p. 378.
d. Back brown H. m. binghami, p. 379.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.1 1922.
Title in Book: 
Genus HEMIXUS
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1922
Page No: 
374
M_ID: 
22285
M_SN: 
Hemixos
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
2856

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