Genus PTEROCLES

Genus PTEROCLES

Pterocles Temm., Man. d'Orn., p. 299 (1815)

Type, Tetrao alchata Linn, (by sub. desig., Gray, List Gen. Birds, p. 62, 1840).

In this genus the bill is small and arched above; nostrils elongate, basal, and almost covered by frontal plumes; wings long and pointed; tail moderate, the central rectrices sometimes lengthened; tarsi feathered m front, reticulate behind ; toes short and naked, hallux present.

The genus is represented throughout Africa, Southern Europe and South-West and Central Asia.

Key to Species.

A.Central tail-feathers greatly lengthened.
A.Abdomen white throughout in both sexes.........................P. alchata, p. 268.
B.Lower plumage marked with black.
a1. Middle of abdomen barred black and rufous ...............P. exustus, p. 271.
b1. Middle of abdomen black.
a2. A black gorget across breast………..P. exustus, p. 271.
b2. No black gorget across breast.... P. senegallus, p. 273.
B.Central tail-feathers not greatly lengthened.
c.Abdomen all black...............P. orientalis, p. 262.
d.Abdomen banded black and white.
c1. Two dark pectoral bands.
c2. No band across hind-neck....................P. indicus, p. 264.
d2. A band across hind-neck.......................P. lichtensteinii p.265.
d1. No dark pectoral bands.
e2. Chin unspotted, tarsus spotted or barred.........................P. indicus, p. 264.
f2. Chin spotted, no spots or bars on tarsus..........................P. lichtensteinii p.265.
Abdomen unspotted buff, spotted buff..........................P. coronatus, p. 267.

* Sclater, Bull. B. O. U., p. 73, 1922, has shown that Pteroclurus is only a synonym of Pterocles, so that those who desire to recognize two genera must use the name he here proposes, Erimialector.

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.5 1928.
Title in Book: 
Genus PTEROCLES
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1928
Page No: 
261
M_ID: 
4769
M_SN: 
Pterocles
Volume: 
Vol. 5
Term name: 
id: 
4575

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