Genus NUMENIUS

Bill very long, slender, curved downwards, tip of the upper mandible obtuse, projecting beyond the lower; nostril in a groove that extends three-quarters the length of the bill or more. Wings long, pointed, 1st quill longest, tertiaries long ; tail short, rounded. Legs of moderate length ; tarsus reticulated except on the lower portion in front, where it is covered with transverse scutation; hind toe well developed, anterior toes webbed at the
base, claws dilated.

About eight or nine species of Curlews and Whimbrels are known, very widely distributed. Two are Indian.

Key to the Species.

a. Crown streaked ; bill 5 to 7 inches long…………………………N. arquata, p. 252.
b. Crown brown with a pale median band; bill under 4 in…………………………N. phaeopus, p. 253.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus NUMENIUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
251
M_ID: 
4257
M_SN: 
Numenius
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2098

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