Genus LEPTOPTILUS

Bill very large, high at the base, tapering gradually, culmen and commissure nearly straight, culmen as long as the tarsus or longer; nostrils small, narrow, near the culmen. Head and neck nearly naked, having only a few scattered hair-like feathers; crown absolutely nude.

There are three species of this genus, inhabiting Africa and Southern Asia. All are very large birds. Two are Indian.

Key to the Species.

a. A gular pouch ; larger, wing .32 in., tarsus 13……………………L. dubius, p. 373.
b. No gular pouch; smaller, wing 26 in., tarsus 10.5……………………L. javanicus, p. 374.

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 LEPTOPTILUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
373
M_ID: 
2088
M_SN: 
Leptoptilos
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2251

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