Genus MICROPERDIX

This is an ally of Perdicula, from which, however, it differs in several details of structure. There is no spur on the tarsus in either sex; the bill is much longer and less high ; the tail is of 10 feathers only, and rather more than half as long as the wing ; and the wing is shorter and more rounded, the 4th, 5th, and 6th quills being longest and subequal, and the 1st equal to the 10th.

The species resemble Perdicula in size and habits, and the typical form was formerly referred to that genus. Three species are now known—two inhabiting the Indian Peninsula, and the third Manipur and Assam.

Key to the Species.

a. Upper surface brown with black spots. a1. Bill from gape 0.6 to 0.7 inch; a distinct black chin in males…………………….M. erythrorhynchus, p. 121.
b1. Bill from gape 0.5 to 0.6 inch ; black chin indistinct or wanting…………………….M. blewitti, p. 122.
b. Upper surface slaty grey with black bars and spots…………………….M. manipurensis, p. 122.

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 MICROPERDIX
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
120
M_ID: 
1368
M_SN: 
Perdicula
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1931

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