Genus PYRRHULA

The genus Pyrrhula comprises the Bullfinches, which are characterized by a short and very swollen bill, a white rump, and deep black wings and tail. The sexes differ considerably from each other. Three of the Indian species of Bullfinches have the tail deeply forked, but the fourth has it nearly square.

The Bullfinches inhabit well-wooded districts and are strictly arboreal. They sing well and are easily kept in captivity. They make cup-shaped nests in trees, and lay blue eggs spotted with various shades of brown. Hardly anything, however, is known of the nidification of the Indian species.
Key to the Species.

a. Middle pair of tail-feathers nearly as long as outermost pair……………………P. aurantiaca, p. 204.
b. Middle pair of tail-feathers fully half an inch shorter than outermost pair.
a1. A well-defined deep black band round base of bill.
a2. Crown varying from greenish yellow to vermilion……………………P. erythrocephala, p. 205.
b2. Crown ashy grey……………………P. erithacus, p. 206.
b1. An ill-defined brown band round base of bill……………………P. nepalensis, p. 206.

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 PYRRHULA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
204
M_ID: 
30593
M_SN: 
Pyrrhula
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1022

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