Genus DRYMOCHARES

The four Indian birds which I place in this genus differ from true Brachypteryx in having a much shorter tail and longer tarsus.

In Drymochares the bill is slender and about half the Length of the head; the nostrils are long ovals, and the rictal bristles are moderate; the wing is very rounded and short; the tarsus extremely long, and the tail short.

In three of the species the sexes are very differently coloured; in the fourth the coloration of the sexes is doubtful. The young birds of two species resemble the adult female very closely, and the young males soon assume the garb of the adult male.

The history of the birds of this genus is in a very unsatisfactory and imperfect condition, especially with regard to their nidification and Distribution.

Key to the Species.

A. Upper plumage chestnut……………… D. stellatus, p. 187.
B. Upper plumage blue or brown.
a1. Chin and throat chestnut……………… D. hyperythrus, p. 187.
b1. Chin and throat blue or rufous ashy brown……………… D. cruralis, p. 188.
c1. Chin and throat white……………… D. nepalensis, p. 183.

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 DRYMOCHARES
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
186
M_ID: 
28086
M_SN: 
Heteroxenicus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
265

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