In this genus I include Harington's three genera—Pellorneum, Scotocichla and Drymocataphus, the last and first only of which Oates recognized in the Avifauna. These genera have generally been divided on account of the alleged difference in the comparative length of wing and tail, but a glance at the measurements of the various species suffices to show that this does not form a sufficient ground for their separation. Thus Pellorneum palustre has always been accepted as a typical Pellorneum, yet this is the only species or race in the three genera in which the tail exceeds the wing in length. In all the other species the tail is always shorter than the wing, and the three genera only differ in this respect in degree.
In Pellorneum, as now accepted, the tail is shorter than the wing, with the one exception of P. palustre, but is equal to or longer than twice the length of the tarsus ; the bill is about equal to, or a little more than, three-quarters the length of the head, straight and notched at the tip; the nostrils are not overhung by hairs and the rictal bristles are very short.
Key to Species and Subspecies.
A. Breast "boldly streaked with dark brown.
a. Mantle not streaked.
a1. Crown rufous ... P. ruficeps ruficeps, p. 238.
b1. Crown pale chestnut P. r. subochraceum, p. 239.
c1. Crown dark chestnut P. r. granti, p. 240.
b. Mantle streaked with dark brown.
d1 Upper back streaked with dark brown.
a2. Less olive, more rufous P. r. mandellii, p. 240.
b2. Less rufous, more olive P. r. jonesi, p. 241.
e1. Upper back with no definite streaks. P. r. minus, p. 242.
B. Breast streaked brown and greyish buff.. P. palustre, p. 242.
C. Breast either not streaked at all or only obsoletely so.
c. Crown con-colorous with back ; forehead without pale shaft*.
f1. Above fulvous olive-brown P. tickelli tickelli, p. 247.
g1 Above rufescent olive-brown P. t. assamensis, p. 248.
d. Crown concolorous with back but fore-head pale shafted.
h1. Breast tinged brownish P. ignotumignotum,-p.243.
i1 Breast tinged bright rufous P.i. cinnamomeum, p. 244.
e. Crown darker than back. [capillum, p. 245.
j1. Cap nearly chocolate-brown .... P. fuscicapillum fusci-
k1 Cap olive-brown P. f. babaulti, p. 245.
l1. Cap black P. nigricapitatum, p. 246.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.1 1922.
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