Genus CHAETURA

The principal character of this genus is that all the tail-feathers have rigid shafts, the ends of which project for some distance beyond the web. The tarsi are naked as in other members of the subfamily; feet as in Cypselus; claws stout and much curved. Wings very long and pointed, first quill longest.

This genus of Swifts occurs throughout Eastern Asia, the Oriental and Australian regions, Tropical Africa, and nearly the whole of America. Pour species occur within Indian limits.

Key to the Species.

a. Large, wing 7 to 8 inches.
a1. Chin and throat white……………….C. nudipes, p. 172.
b1. Chin and throat brown……………….C. indica, p. 173.
b. Small, wing 4 to 5 inches.
c1. Rump and abdomen white; upper tail-coverts black ……………….C. sylvatica, p. 174.
d1. Rump and upper tail-coverts light grey; abdomen black……………….C. leucopygialis, [p. 175.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
Genus CHAETURA
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
172
M_ID: 
7623
M_SN: 
Hirundapus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1499

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