Genus PHOTODILUS

Size small. Disk very distinct, but ruff not complete above the eyes. Bill weak, compressed. Ear-orifice of moderate size, smaller than the eye; no operculum. Wings rounded, 4th and 5th quills longest; tail short. Tarsus feathered throughout; inner toe longer than middle toe ; middle claw pectinate on the inside as in Strix.

Owing to its well-developed disk and pectinate middle claw, this genus was long placed with Strix. Schlegel first, then Blyth, and subsequently, from an examination of the skeleton, Milne-Edwards, showed that the present form should be assigned to the Asionidae, and this has been confirmed by Beddard's additional observations on the anatomy (Ibis, 1890, p. 293). He, however, shows that Photodilus is, in several respects, intermediate in structure between the Strigidae and the typical Asionidae *.

There are two species of Photodilus, both found within our area.

Key to the Species.

a. Feathers of upper parts chestnut, spotted, but not speckled, with black; inner webs of primaries chestnut barred with black…………………………..P. badius, p. 268.-
b. Feathers of upper parts speckled or mottled with black; inner webs of primaries brown…………………………..P. assimilis, p. 269.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
Genus PHOTODILUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
268
M_ID: 
6313
M_SN: 
Phodilus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1619

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