Genus SIVA

The genus Siva contains two species which occur within our limits, these being divided into several well differentiated geographical races. They are distinguishable at a glance from other genera by their peculiar tail-feathers,the ends of which are obliquely truncated. The four central pairs are of equal length and the two" outer pairs graduated.
The bill is about half the length of the head, gently curved and notched; the rictal bristles are long and the nostrils are covered by a membrane; the head is crested and they are birds of handsome plumage.
Key to Species and Subspecies.
A. Primaries edged with orange.
a.Ventral tail-feathers red on only half
their length S. strigula strigula, p. 313.
b.Central tail-feathers red on five-sixths
of their length S. s. castaneicauda, p. 314.
B. Primaries edged with blue.
c. Under plumage vinous-grey.
a1. Upper plumage light ochraceous; [p. 314.
secondaries tipped with white .... S. cyan, cyanouroptera, b1. Upper plumage fulvous olive-brown; no white tips to secondaries S. c. wingatei, p. 315.
d. Under plumage white.
c1. Forehead blue, indistinctly striped.
a2.. Upper plumage fulvous olive-brown S. c. oatesi, p. 316.
b2. Upper plumage dusky olive-brown. S. c. sordida, p. 316.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.1 1922.
Title in Book: 
Genus SIVA
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Vol. 1
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