Genus PODICIPES

Bill straight, compressed, sharply pointed ; nostrils oblong, sub-basal ; wings short; tail quite rudimentary, consisting of short downy feathers ; tarsus much compressed, covered with large scutellae in front, serrated behind.

The Grebes are expert divers and good swimmers, but very poor walkers, they very rarely leave the water and, if in danger, endeavour to escape by diving. They rise from the water with difficulty owing to the shortness of their wings, but once in the air they appear to have, as a rule, considerable powers of flight, and many species are migratory. The young are longitudinally striped above.

This genus is cosmopolitan ; three species occur within Indian limits.

Key to the Species.

a. Wing about 7.5 in.; tarsus 2.4 in………………….. P. cristatus, p. 473.
b. Wing 5.3 ; tarsus 1.6………………….. P. nigricollis, p. 474.
c. Wing 4; tarsus 1.35………………….. P. albipennis, p. 475.

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 PODICIPES
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
473
M_ID: 
1995
M_SN: 
Podiceps
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2366

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