Genus RHOPOCICHLA

I propose this generic term (with R. atriceps as the type) for three birds which have hitherto been included in Alcippe.

This genus differs from Alcippe in having the nostrils roundish, exposed, and pierced in the anterior part of the membrane, and in having a much shorter tail when compared with the wing. The eggs of the two genera are also different in colour, a matter which is noticed by Hume in his ' Rough Draft of Nests and Eggs,' in the article on Alcippe poiocephala.

Key to the Species.

a. Crown and sides of head black…………….R. atriceps, p. 100.
b. Forehead and ear-coverts only black…………….R. nigrifrons, p. 160.
c. Ear-coverts only blackish…………….R. bourdilloni, p. 161.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
Genus RHOPOCICHLA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
159
M_ID: 
24344
M_SN: 
Rhopocichla
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
220

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