Genus XANTHOLAEMA

This genus comprises six small Barbets of the Oriental region, three out of the number occurring in India, Ceylon, and Burma. They are distinguished from all other Indian genera of Capitonidae by a differently shaped and more pointed wing, the 2nd primary, instead of being shorter than any other primary except the first, being always longer than the 8th, 9th, and 10th, and sometimes longer than the 6th. The bill is short and thick; the rictal bristles long, often reaching to the end of the bill. The naked orbit is small. Prevailing colour green, with patches of red or yellow and other bright colours about the head.

Key to the Species.

Throat yellow, cheeks blackish………………………….X. haematocephala, p. 98.
Throat orange, cheeks blue………………………….X. rubricapilla, p. 100.
Throat crimson ………………………….X. malabarica, p. 99.

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 XANTHOLAEMA
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
98
M_ID: 
10018
M_SN: 
Megalaima
Volume: 
vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1400

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