Genus HYDROPHASIANUS

This is distinguished by having a slenderer bill than Metopidius, no lappet, and a shorter hind claw, and also by the 1st and 4th primaries being produced at the end, the first into a filamentous lanceolate appendage about an inch long, the 4th into an attenuated point. There is a strong sharp spur on the wing at the bend. An important character of this genus is that the breeding-plumage is quite distinct from that worn at other seasons, and that, in the nuptial garb, which is assumed by a change of colour in the feathers without any moult, the tail-feathers are greatly elongated. Sexes alike in plumage at all times, but the female larger than the male.

A single species.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus HYDROPHASIANUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
219
M_ID: 
4149
M_SN: 
Hydrophasianus
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2054

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