Genus PAVONCELLA

Bill moderately long, flexible, almost straight; both mandibles grooved, the upper almost to the tip ; nostrils linear, close to the base. Wing long, pointed, 1st quill longest; tertiaries elongate ; tail moderate, rounded. Tarsus longer than the bill from gape, transversely shielded in front and behind; hind toe moderate, outer and middle toes connected by a short web.

The above characters are insufficient for generic distinction, but the circumstances that the male is ahvays larger than the female, and that at the breeding-season he assumes an entirely distinct plumage from that worn by the hen, varying in Coloration to an extent unequalled in any other species of bird, with a ruff of long feathers extending from the nape down each side of the neck to the breast, afford ample grounds for placing the Buff in a peculiar genus. He is polygamous, and some of his habits at the breeding-season resemble those of polygamous Gallinae.

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 PAVONCELLA
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
268
M_ID: 
4374
M_SN: 
Philomachus
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2117

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