Horornis Hodgs., P. Z. S., 1845, p. 31. Type, H. fortipes (Hodgs.) Blyth.
The genus Horornis contains seven species of Indian birds of very dull coloration and very like one another.
Horornis has a bill about half as long as the head; the rictal bristles are strong and there are some supplementary hairs in front of them. These hairs, however, do not extend over the nostrils, and consist merely of the lengthened shafts of the frontal feathers. The wing is very short and rounded, the first primary being very large, the second, third and fourth graduated and the fourth falling just short of the fifth; the tail is about equal to the wing in length and slightly graduated; the tarsus is long and powerful and the hind toe and claw exceptionally so.
Key to Species.
A. Upper plumage entirely of one colour.
a. Upper plumage tinged with rufous.
a1 Under wing-coverts and axillaries yellowish.
a2. Lower plumage yellowish H. acanthizoides, p. 504.
b2. Lower plumage buffish brown .. H. fortipes, p 506.
b1. Under wing-coverts and axillaries
ochraceous brown H. albiventris, p. 507.
b. Upper plumage olive-brown, not rufous.
c1. Under tail-coverts and flanks fulvous. H. pallidus, p. 507
d1. Under tail-coverts and flanks white
suffused with brown H. pallidipes, p. 508.
B. Crown differently coloured to back.
c. Crown of head bright rufous-brown .. H. major, p. 510.
d. Crown of head merely tinged with
rufous H. cantans, p. 510.