Genus RALLUS

This genus contains the typical Water-Bails. The bill is as long as the tarsus or longer, straight or slightly curved, and compressed ; the nostrils are linear and placed in an elongate groove on each side of the mandible. Wings short, 2nd quill usually longest, 1st between 6th and 8th. Tail short. Tarsus slender, shorter than the middle toe in typical species, and always shorter than the middle toe and claw; toes long, slender, free. Feathers of forehead bristly.

The genus is almost cosmopolitan. Two species are Indian.

Key to the Species.

A brown band from lores to ear-coverts……………………R. indicus, p. 158.
No brown band running back behind eye……………………R. aquaticus, p. 160.

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 RALLUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
158
M_ID: 
3504
M_SN: 
Rallus
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1977

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