Genus PTEROCLES

Bill small, arched above ; nostrils elongate, basal, almost covered by frontal plumes ; wings long and pointed ; tail moderate, rounded or wedge-shaped, the middle pair of rectrices not produced or scarcely projecting beyond the others; tarsi feathered in front, reticulate behind ; toes short, naked ; a hallux present.

Ten species are known from Africa, S. Europe, S. W. and Central Asia; of these four are Indian.

Key to the Species.

a. Abdomen black throughout………………………P. arenarius , p. 54.
b. Abdomen banded black and white.
a1. Double black pectoral gorget.
a2. Hind neck not banded………………………P. fasciatus , p. 55.
b2. Hind neck banded………………………P. lichtensteini , p. 57.
b1 No black gorget,
c2. Chin unspotted ; tarsi speckled or barred………………………P. fasciatus , p. 55.
d2. Chin spotted; tarsi unspotted………………………P. lichtensteini , p. 57.
c. Abdomen all buff in , spotted with black in 5………………………P. coronatus, p. 57.

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 PTEROCLES
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
54
M_ID: 
4769
M_SN: 
Pterocles
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1863

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