Genus SYRNIUM

No aigrettes (ear-tufts); ear furnished with an operculum. Bill stout. Tarsus thickly feathered throughout; toes feathered above in all Indian species to base of last phalanx ; claws strong. Ruff narrow, incomplete above; facial disk well developed, extending almost as far above the eyes as below. Wings rounded, 3rd, 4th, or 5th quill longest; tail of moderate length, rounded. Irides always dark.

The Owls of this genus are of moderate size, and are generally found in trees during the day ; all are thoroughly nocturnal. In Sharpe's ' Catalogue' 27 species were enumerated, scattered over the greater part of the world, and two or three have since been described; six are Indian.

Key to the Species.

a. Lower surface with longitudinal as well as transverse markings.
a1. All tail-feathers with pale cross-bands: wing 12………………………S. nivicola, p. 273.
b1. Middle tail-feathers not handed: wing 13.5………………………S. biddulphi, p. 274,
b. Lower surface with transverse bars alone.
c1. Bars on abdomen 1/4 inch or more apart.
a2. Upper parts mottled with black and white………………………S. ocellatum, p. 277
b2. Upper parts with white spots, but not mottled………………………S. seloputo, p. 278.
d1. Bars on abdomen much less than 1/4 inch apart………………………S. indrani, p. 275.
c. Lower surface with longitudinal shaft-stripes alone………………………S. butleri, p. 279.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
Genus SYRNIUM
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
272
M_ID: 
6615
M_SN: 
Strix
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
1626

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