Genus MERGELLUS

Genus MERGELLUS.

Mergellus Selby, Oat. Gen. Subgen. types Birds, p. 47 (1840).

Type by taut., Mergus albellus Linn.

The genus Mergellus possesses a small occipital crest, smaller in the females than in the males; the bill is about as long as the head, tapering throughout, with the culmen nearly straight; the nostril is large, oblong and placed about one-third the length of the bill from the forehead; the serrations are coarse; the tarsi are very short, placed far back on the body, with a large foot; the tail is rounded and consists of sixteen or, occasionally, eighteen feathers ; the wing is short and pointed; there is a single caecum.

There is but one species, of which the sexes differ considerably

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.6 1929.
Title in Book: 
Genus MERGELLUS
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
466
M_ID: 
556
M_SN: 
Mergellus
Volume: 
Vol. 6
Term name: 
id: 
5303

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