Genus HIMANTOPUS

Genus HIMANTOPUS.

Himantopus Brisson, Ornith., i, p. 46 ; v, p. 33 (1760).

Type by taut., Charadrius himantopus Linn.

In this genus the most remarkable character is the great length of the legs, the tibia being very long as well as the tarsus and bare over about three-quarters of its length ; the tarsi are reticulated throughout; there is no hind toe and the outer toe is joined to the middle toe by a broad web, that between the inner toe and middle toe being narrower; the bill is long, straight and slender, the dertrum not swollen; the nostrils are long slits placed in the base of a groove which runs about half the length of the upper mandible; the wing is long and pointed with the first primary longest; the tail is short and even.

Stilts are resident birds in nearly all tropical and temperate countries, one species of very wide range occurring in India.

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.6 1929.
Title in Book: 
Genus HIMANTOPUS
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
192
M_ID: 
3970
M_SN: 
Himantopus
Volume: 
Vol. 6
Term name: 
id: 
5009

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