Genus PUFFINUS

The Shearwaters, as they are generally termed, are birds of moderate size, with a long, slender, compressed bill much hooked at the tip, and with both mandibles curving downward at the end. The tubular nostrils terminate in two distinct oblique orifices, directed forward and upward, with a broad division between them. Wings long, 1st quill longest. Tail of 12 feathers, moderately long, graduated, rounded at the end. Tarsus compressed, sharp in front, reticulated, shorter than the middle and outer toes, which are subequal; hind claw distinct.

The genus is distributed throughout the Oceans, and 20 species are recognized in the British Museum Catalogue ; of these two have been obtained in Indian seas.

Key to the Species.

a. Plumage dark brown throughout……………………P. chlororhynchus, p. 356.
b. Lower surface white……………………P. persicus, p. 356.

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 PUFFINUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
355
M_ID: 
1831
M_SN: 
Puffinus
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2225

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