Family PANDIONIDAE

The Osprey differs from all other Accipitrine birds in having the outer toe reversible, and in having no aftershaft to the feathers.

The characters of the tibia and tarsus (tarso-metatarsus and tibio-tarsus) have been shown by Lydekker (Cat. Foss. Birds B. M. p. 18) to be Owl-like, as are the other distinctive peculiarities fust mentioned, and it is unquestionable that the Osprey forms a link between Accipitrine birds and Owls, and that it differs from the Falconidae much more than the Vultures do.

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: 
Family PANDIONIDAE
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
313
M_ID: 
2532
M_SN: 
Pandionidae
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1668

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