Genus LIOPTILA

The genus Lioptila, according to my views, embraces those two species which have been hitherto by common agreement placed in this genus, and five others which have been usually placed in Malarias. I cannot find a single character by which to separate the above two genera, and I accordingly join them together.

In Lioptila the bill is similar to that of Ixops, but rather more slender; the nostrils are long, and covered by a long membrane; the rictal bristles are fairly long, and the crest is more or less well developed in all the species. The tail is considerably longer than the wing and well-graduated, the outer feather reaching a little beyond the middle of the tail.

Key to the Species.

a. Crown of head black or brown.
a1. Median pair of tail-feathers with a sub¬terminal black band.
a2. Rump and upper tail-coverts rufous………………L. capistrata, p. 190.
b2. Rump and upper tail-coverts ashy grey………………L. gracilis, p. 197.
b1. Median pair of tail-feathers uniformly black or brown with white tips,
c2. Rump chocolate-brown like the back.
a3. Tertiaries and greater wing-coverts black………………L. melanoleuca, p. 198.
b3. Tertiaries and greater wing-coverts chiefly chestnut……………L. castanoptera, p. 190.
d2. Rump chestnut.
c3. Wing-coverts margined, the lesser and median with ashy, the greater with chestnut………………I. annectens, p. 199.
d3. Wing-coverts entirely black………………L. davisoni, p. 200.
b. Crown of head bluish grey like the upper plumage………………L. pulchella, p. 200.

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 LIOPTILA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
195
M_ID: 
25074
M_SN: 
Heterophasia
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
281

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