Genus MEGALAEMA

Bill large, culmen rounded, not angulate, much curved, upper mandible considerably swollen at the base and overlapping the lower; nostrils completely covered by plumes and bristles, base of bill surrounded by bristles not so long as the bill; wings rounded; tail square. Sexes alike.

This genus as restricted comprises three species of large size, two of which are found within our area; the third, M. lagrandieri, occurs in Cochin China. The prevailing colour is green. The under tail-coverts are bright red.

Key to the Species.

Head and neck deep violet-blue………………………….M. marshallorum, p. 84.
Head and neck verditer with a greenish tinge………………………….M. virens, p. 86.

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 MEGALAEMA
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
84
M_ID: 
10018
M_SN: 
Megalaima
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1383

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