Family MEROPIDAE

Bill long, slender, and curved throughout, culmen ridged, both mandibles pointed ; legs and feet feeble, syndactyle, the outer or fourth toe united to the third or middle toe as far as the last joint, second and third toes united by the basal joint only. Tail-feathers 12. Primaries 10. Sexes alike or nearly so.

Key to the Genera.

a. Breast-plumes not elongate; wing pointed; 2nd quill longest. a1. Middle pair of tail-feathers much longer than the others………………………….MEROPS, p. 109.
b1. Middle tail-feathers not longer………………………….MELITTOPHAGUS, p. 114.
b. Breast-plumes elongate, pendent, and brightly coloured; wing rounded; 4th quill longest………………………….NYCTIORNIS, p. 115.

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: 
Family MEROPIDAE
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
109
M_ID: 
9463
M_SN: 
Meropidae
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1413

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