Genus HIRUNDO

Hirundo Linn., Syst. Nat., 10th ed. i, p. 191 (1758). Type, Hirundo rustica Linn.

The genus Hirundo comprises the true Swallows, which are for the most part familiar and well-known birds.

The species of this genus have the greater part of the back deep, glossy steel-blue. In the majority the tail is deeply forked, in a few it is nearly square.

Key to Species,

A. Bump blue or brown; lower plumage not streaked. a. White spots on tail.
a1. A broad complete or semi-complete pectoral band
b1. No trace of a pectoral band.
a2 Chin, throat and fore-neck white.
b2 . Chin, throat and fore-neck chestnut.
b. No white spots on tail.
B. Bump chestnut; lower plumage streaked.

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.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
Genus HIRUNDO
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1926
Page No: 
239
M_ID: 
22499
M_SN: 
Hirundo
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
3989

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