Genus PERDICULA

The present generic type is peculiar to the Indian Peninsula, and comprises two species that resemble Quails in size, but differ widely from them, and, to some extent, agree better with Partridges in structure and habits. The sexes are very different in plumage. The bill is short and thick, and the culmen very convex. The 4th primary is the longest, the first being intermediate in length between the 7th and 9th. The tail consists of 12 feathers, and is about half as long as the wing. The tarsus is about as long as the middle toe and claw, and is armed in males with a blunt tubercular spur.

Key to the Species.

a. Breast barred black and white. (Adult males.)
a1. Throat chestnut; a distinct white supercilium…………………….P. asiatica, p. 118.
b1. Throat dull brick-red; no distinct white supercilium…………………….P. argunda, p. 120.
b. Breast not barred. (Females and young.)
c1. Inner webs of primaries brown throughout…………………….P. asiatica, p. 119.
d1. Inner webs of primaries barred or mottled with buff…………………….P. argunda, p. 120.

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 PERDICULA
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
117
M_ID: 
1368
M_SN: 
Perdicula
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1928

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