Genus POLIOHIERAX

Plumage very soft. Bill small, strongly toothed; tarsus naked, almost throughout covered with rather large polygonal scales in front, and smaller behind; toes weak and short, claws very little curved. Wing short and rounded; tail almost as long as the wing and greatly graduated, the outer tail-feathers in the Burned species being short of the middle rectrices by nearly one-third the length of the tail. Sexes dissimilar in plumage.

There are only two species of Poliohierax; one inhabits Africa,, the other Burma. The affinities of the genus are very obscure.

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 POLIOHIERAX
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
435
M_ID: 
11236
M_SN: 
Polihierax
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1787

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