Family PHALACROCORACIDAE

The Cormorants and Darters are diving fishers with black or blackish plumage on the upper parts, and very often on the lower also. They have a longish neck, a somewhat slender and elongate bill, and stiff tail-feathers. The nostrils are small and not pervious. Cervical vertebrae 20. Ambiens, femoro-caudal, and semitendinosus muscles present, the two accessory thigh-muscles wanting. Syringeal muscles present.

There are two subfamilies thus distinguished; each contains a single genus :—
Bill hooked at tips, margins of commissure smooth……………………Phalacrocoracinae, p. 340.
Bill straight, pointed, margins toothed……………………Plotinae, p. 343.

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 PHALACROCORACIDAE
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
339
M_ID: 
2425
M_SN: 
Phalacrocoracidae
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2202

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