Genus PRIONOCHILUS

The genus Prionochilus contains two Indian species, the males of which are brightly coloured. The females are not very dissimilar to the males.

In this genus the bill is of the same shape as in Acmonorhynchus, but the sides are slightly concave when viewed from above. The naral bristles are entirely absent. The wing has ten primaries, the first of which is of considerable size. The tail is square.

Key to the Species.

a. Upper plumage blue…………………P. ignicapillus , p. 384.
b. Upper plumage green.
a1. Lower plumage unstreaked…………………P. ignicapillus p. 384.
b1. Lower plumage streaked.
a2. Crown-patch crimson…………………P. maculatus p. 385.
b2. Crown-patch orange-yellow…………………P. maculatus p. 385.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
Genus PRIONOCHILUS
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
384
M_ID: 
28650
M_SN: 
Prionochilus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1258

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