Genus PYCNORHAMPHUS

In Pycnorhamphus the bill is very similar in shape to that of Coccothraustes, but the cutting-edge of the upper mandible is toothed near the gape ; the tail is square and comparatively long, the difference in length between it and the wing being about equal to the tarsus; the primaries have the ordinary rounded tips.

The Grosbeaks of this genus are of rather large size and well-marked colours. They inhabit the Himalayas and but little is known of their habits.

The nestling bird appears to resemble the adult female closely in this genus, hut it is doubtful whether the young male moults into adult plumage at the first autumn moult. Materials for settling this question are at present insufficient.

Key to the Species.

a. No white spot on wing.
a1. Head black.
a2. Thighs black……………………P. icteroides p. 193,
b2. Thighs yellow……………………P. affinis p. 199.
b1. Head ashy.
c2. Breast ashy grey ; abdomen fawn-buff ……………………P. icteroides p. 198.
d2. Breast and abdomen olive-yellow……………………P. affinis p. 199.
b. A white spot on wing……………………P. carneipes, p. 200.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
Genus PYCNORHAMPHUS
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
198
M_ID: 
30548
M_SN: 
Mycerobas
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1015

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