Genus TETRAOGALLUS

The Snow-Cocks are fine birds, much exceeding all the true Partridges in size. Six species are known, all confined to the higher ranges of Central and Western Asia, and of these two are found in the Himalayas. The tarsus is not feathered except quite at the base; that of the male is armed with a stout spur. A naked elongate space extends behind the eye. The tail, of 20 to 22 feathers, is much rounded at the end and nearly 2/3 the length of the wing; 2nd primary longest, 1st a little shorter. Sexes alike in plumage or differing slightly.

Key to the Species.

a. Lower breast and abdomen dark grey…………………….T. himalayensis, p. 143.
b. Lower breast and abdomen white with black streaks…………………….T. tibetanus, p. 144.

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 TETRAOGALLUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
143
M_ID: 
1108
M_SN: 
Tetraogallus
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1958

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