Family PHAETHONTIDAE

The members of this family are about the size of the smaller Gulls, and combine the structure of Gannets or Cormorants with the habits and appearance of Terns. They have a satiny white plumage, with a few black markings. The bill is pointed, not hooked, the nostrils are narrowly pervious, and the palate is imperfectly desmognathous, the maxillo-palatines being separate behind, though united with the nasal septum anteriorly, and the vomer being well-developed and conspicuous. Cervical vertebras 15. Ambiens absent, femoro-caudal, semitendinosus, and accessory semitendinosus present, the last-named muscle not occurring in other Steganopodous birds. Syringeal muscles present. Members of the present family are also distinguished by laying spotted eggs.

A single genus.

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: 
Family PHAETHONTIDAE
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
348
M_ID: 
2038
M_SN: 
Phaethontidae
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2214

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