Genus NYCTIORNIS

Larger than Merops; bill stronger and deeper; ridge of the culmen flattened; a hollow on each side of the ridge; nostrils covered by plumes. "Wing rounded; first quill about two-thirds of the second, third or fourth longest; tail rather long, even Feathers of throat and breast elongate and richly coloured.

Only two species are known, both are found within our area.

Key to the Species.

Middle of throat and of breast light blue………………………….N. athertoni, p. 116.
Middle of throat and of breast scarlet………………………….N. amictus, p. 117.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
Genus NYCTIORNIS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
115
M_ID: 
9464
M_SN: 
Nyctyornis
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1421

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