Family NECTARINIIDAE

Family NECTARINIIDAE .

In this family the edges of both mandibles are finely and evenly serrated on the terminal half or third of their edges, a character which at once separates them from all other Passeres except the Dicaeidae. The tongue is tubular; the bill is moderately or very long and more or less cylindrical; the rictal bristles short; the wing is of ten primaries, the first small; the tail has twelve rectrices ; the tarsi are slender in most though fairly long, in others short and stronger; they are scutellated; there is one full moult and one partial in the year and the young are like the adult female -r the sexes are sometimes alike and sometimes dissimilar.

Key to Subfamilies.

A. Sexes different; plumage of male in part metallic; bill slender…..Nectariniidae, p. 372.
B. Sexes alike; plumage non-metallic………..Arachnotherinae, p. 413.

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.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
Family NECTARINIIDAE
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1926
Page No: 
372
M_ID: 
28825
M_SN: 
Nectariniidae
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
4153

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