Genus OTIS

Bill shorter than head, and broader than high, stout; legs of moderate length. Wings ample, rounded, third quill usually longest. No crest or ruff, though in the typical species the male has long bristly feathers with few and short webs on each side of the throat, and in another the plumes at the base of the neck are elongate in the breeding-plumage of the male bird.

A Palaearctic genus. The two species here included are often referred to distinct genera, and show certainly some well-marked differences. They have only been found within Indian limits in the North-western Punjab.

Key to the Species.

a. Very large ; wing 19-24 inches……………………O. tarda, p. 193.
b. Small; wing about 10 inches……………………O. tetrax, p. 193

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 OTIS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
192
M_ID: 
3245
M_SN: 
Otis
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2020

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