Genus MERGUS

An occipital crest, small in females. Bill about as long as the head, tapering throughout, culmen straight; nostril large, about one-third the distance from base to tip of bill. "Wing short, pointed; tail rounded, of 16 feathers (occasionally 18 may be found); legs situated far back; tarsus very short, foot large. A single caecum only according to Blyth.

There is but one species.

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 MERGUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
467
M_ID: 
556
M_SN: 
Mergellus
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2359

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