Genus COTILE

The genus Cotile comprises the Sand-Martins, which frequent large rivers and construct their nests in holes excavated in the banks. The eggs are white.

In Cotile the legs and toes are bare except in C. riparia, which has a small tuft of feathers at the base of the tarsus and behind it. The tail is forked to a very small extent, and the colour of the plumage is extremely plain and dull. The tail-feathers are not spotted with white as in the next genus. The Sand-Martins are highly gregarious and breed in large societies.

Key to the Species.

a. A well-defined collar across the upper breast; a tuft of feathers on tarsus……………………C. riparia, p. 272.
b. No collar across breast and no tuft of feathers on tarsus……………………C. sinensis, p. 273

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 COTILE
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
271
M_ID: 
22396
M_SN: 
Riparia
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1111

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