Genus METOPIDIUS

Genus METOPIDIUS.

Metopidius Wagler, Isis, 1832, col. 279.

Type, Parra oena Gav.=Parra indica Lath,

Head small; bill moderately long, straight and compressed, the culmen curved at the tip; a lappet at the base of the bill resting against the forehead and rounded behind; tail short; wing not rounded, the first and second primaries subequal and longest; a tubercular spur on the carpal joint; middle too without claw longer than tarsus, hind claw excessively long ; tarsus transversely shielded before and behind.

Sexes alike but juvenile and adult plumage greatly differing* the latter acquired by a spring moult when the bird is a year old.

A single species.

* Lowe, " On the Systematic Position of the Jacanidae" Ibis, 1925, pp. 132-147.

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 METOPIDIUS
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
39
M_ID: 
4151
M_SN: 
Metopidius
Volume: 
Vol. 6
Term name: 
id: 
4817

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