Genus KETUPA

The Fish-Owls comprise three species, all occurring within Indian limits. They are large and powerful birds, with the tarsus partly or wholly naked and granular, much like that of the Osprey, and the soles of the feet covered with prickly scales. The claws are large, well curved, each with a sharp cutting-edge beneath, and the middle claw with a sharp keel on the inside also.

Aigrettes are present, long and pointed. The bill is large and strong. The facial disk is ill-marked, especially above. The wings are rounded, and do not reach the end of the tail, 4th quill generally the longest, 3rd and 5th subequal; tail moderate.

Key to the Species.

a. Tarsus naked behind and usually more than halfway up in front.
a1. Lower surface with shaft-stripes and finely barred across throughout ………………………K. zeylonensis, p. 281.
b1. Lower surface with shaft-stripes, but without cross-barring ………………………K. Javanensis, p. 283.
A. Tarsus partly feathered behind, and usually more than halfway down in front ………………………K. flavipes, p. 282.

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 KETUPA
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
280
M_ID: 
6601
M_SN: 
Ketupa
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1634

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