Genus RALLINA

Bill much stouter than in Rallus, and considerably shorter than the middle toe, which is shorter than the tarsus. Wing rounded ; 1st quill much shorter than 2nd, which is exceeded by the 3rd. Secondaries nearly as long as primaries or a little longer.

To this genus in Sharpe's Catalogue five species are referred, ranging from India and Ceylon to Australia; two are Indian or Burmese. I also leave in this genus the Andaman R. canningi, separated by Sharpe as Castanolimnas because the secondaries slightly exceed the primaries, whilst in typical Rallina the former are a little shorter than the latter. The difference is small, and scarcely, I think, of generic importance.

Key to the Species.

a. Back and wings brownish olive; bill from gape 1.2……………………R. superciliaris, p. 167.
b. Back and wings rufous brown; bill from gape 1……………………R. fasciata, p. 169.
c. Whole upper surface deep ruddy chestnut; bill from gape 1.4……………………R. canningi, p. 169.

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 RALLINA
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
167
M_ID: 
3403
M_SN: 
Rallina
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1989

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