Genus PRIONOCHILUS

Genus PRIONOCHILUS.

Prionochilus Strickl., P. Z. S., 1841, p. 29. . Type, Prionochilus ignicapillus Eyton.

In this genus the bill is much the same shape as that of Acmonorhynchus, but the sides are slightly concave when viewed from above and the nasal bristles are entirely absent. The wing has ten primaries of which the first is more than one-third the length of the second ; the tail is square.

In Prionochilus the males are very brightly coloured and the sexes are dissimilar.

Key to Species.

A. Upper plumage blue………..P. ignicapillus p. 437.
B. Upper plumage green.
a, Lower plumage unstreaked………..P. ignicapillus, p. 438.
b. Lower plumage streaked.
a1. Crown-patch crimson………..P. maculatus, p. 438
a1. Crown-patch orange-yellow P. maculatus, p. 439.

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.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
Genus PRIONOCHILUS
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1926
Page No: 
437
M_ID: 
28650
M_SN: 
Prionochilus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
4234

Add new comment

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith