Genus MYIOPHONEUS

The genus Myiophoneus contains a few species of birds of very brilliant blue plumage. Three occur within our limits and others are found in China and the Malayan islands.

In Myiophoneus the bill is very stout, but somewhat shorter than the head, compressed laterally, and considerably hooked at the tip, and the nostrils are round. The wing is rounded, but not nearly so much so as in Arrenga. The legs and feet are remarkably strong.

The young birds are very similar to the adults, but for the first few weeks or perhaps months the brilliant glossy spots of the adult are absent. The adults of both sexes resemble each other.

Key to the Species.

a. Bill more or less yellow.
a1. Median wing-coverts tipped white…………….M. temmincki, p. 178.
b1. Median wing-coverts plain…………….M. eugenii, p. 179.
b. Bill entirely black…………….M. horsfieldi, p. ] 80.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
Genus MYIOPHONEUS
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
178
M_ID: 
28212
M_SN: 
Myophonus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
253

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