Family PODIOEPIDAE

Family PODIOEPIDAE.

In this family the front toes are furnished with broad lateral lobes coalescing at the base and not contracted at the joints of the digits as in the Coots ; the hind toe is small, raised and with a broad lobe; the fourth toe is longest; the nails are broad and flattened ; the cervical vertebrae number 17 to 21, of which the first to the fourth are anchylosed; the angle of the lower jaw is not produced; there are twelve primaries, the first rudimentary; ambiens muscle wanting, accessory femoro-caudal and semi-tendinosus present but not the other characteristic thigh-muscles; only the left carotid is developed.

Sexes alike. Young hatched covered with down and able to swim at once.

This family is distributed over Europe, Asia and America, and three genera are now usually admitted, of which one only is found in Europe and Asia, three species of which occur in India, two resident and one a visitor in the Cold Weather.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.6 1929.
Title in Book: 
Family PODIOEPIDAE
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
476
M_ID: 
1951
M_SN: 
Podicipedidae
Volume: 
Vol. 6
Term name: 
id: 
5311

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