1250. Machaerhamphus alcinus

1250. Machaerhamphus alcinus.

The Slender-billed Pern.

Machaerhamphus alcinus, Westerm. Bijd. t. d. Dierk. i, p. 30, pl. (1848) ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. i, p. 342; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 269; id. Cat. no. 57 ter ; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 24 ; Gurney, Ibis, 1879, p. 464; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 206.

Coloration. Black more or less tinged with brown, except the feathers on the upper and lower eyelids and on the throat and middle of the breast, which are white; a black stripe from the chin down the middle of the throat. In some specimens, probably immature, there is more white on the breast, and indications of bars on the tail-feathers, and a Malacca skin shows a narrow white collar.

Bill black; cere very thin (apparently black); irides bright yellow; legs and feet pale plumbeous (Davison).

Length of a male 18 ; tail 7 ; wing 14.4; tarsus 2.4; mid-toe without claw 1.9; bill from gape 1.8.

Distribution. Malay Peninsula, Borneo, and New Guinea ; a single specimen was obtained by Mr. Hough at Malewoon in the extreme south of Tenasserim. Nothing is known of the habits, but the bird is very probably crepuscular.

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: 
1250. Machaerhamphus alcinus
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
1250
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
408
Common name: 
Slender Billed Pern
M_ID: 
2712
M_CN: 
Bat Hawk
M_SN: 
Macheiramphus alcinus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
1761

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