Genus GENNAEUS

The Kalij Pheasants of the Himalayas and the Silver Pheasants form a very natural genus. The head is crested in both sexes, the crest being formed of long narrow feathers, more loose-textured, hairy, and elongate in males. The sides of the head are naked in both sexes, and crimson in colour; the naked area ends beneath in a lappet in males. The tarsus is considerably longer than the middle toe and claw, and armed with a stout and long spur in cock birds. The tail, of 16 feathers, is lengthened, compressed, and much graduated, the middle pair of feathers usually the longest, and divergent in males. The 1st primary is shorter than the 10th. Young males assume the adult plumage in the first year.

All are forest birds, and with a tropical or subtropical habitat, the Himalayan species being found lower down the hills than other Pheasants. The genus inhabits the Himalayas, Burma, China, and Formosa, and he majority of the species occur within Indian limits.

Key to the Species.

a. Upper parts to rump glossy black.
a1. Feathers of breast lanceolate, whitish.
a2. Lower back and rump with white edges to feathers.
a3. Crest white……………………….G. albicristatus , p. 89.
b3. Crest black……………………….G. leucomelanus , p. 90.
b2. Lower back and rump without any white……………………….G. melanonotus , p. 91.
b1. Feathers of breast black, not lanceolate, white bars on rump……………………….G, horsfieldi , p, 92.
b. Upper parts black and white.
c1. Upper surface finely vermiculated……………………….G. lineatus , p. 92.
d1. Upper surface with concentric bars on feathers……………………….G. andersoni , p. 94.
c. Upper parts brown.
e1 . No white V-shaped marks round neck……………………….G. albicristatus , p. 89., G. leucomelanus , P 91. G melanonotus , p. 91. G. horsfieldi p. 92.
f1. White V-shaped marks round neck……………………….G. lineatus, p. 93 & G. andersoni p. 94.

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 GENNAEUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
88
M_ID: 
1517
M_SN: 
Lophura
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1897

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