Genus SARCOGRAMMUS

Although, as Hume has shown, it is probable that Strickland intended the Indian Red-wattled Lapwing to be the type of his genus Lobivanellus, still, as that genus comprises two fairly separable groups of species, we must class one or the other under a different generic heading, and the present is the first name proposed. It contains only two Indian species.

The bill is of moderate length, the terminal portion of the upper mandible slightly swollen, the culmen flattened at the base; nostrils linear, in a groove extending beyond the middle of the bill. There is a fleshy wattle or latchet in front of the eye. The wing is long and with a tubercle at the bend, developed into a short horny spur at the breeding season. Tail even. Tarsus long, reticulated throughout; a small hind toe.

Key to the Species.

a. A white band down each side of neck to breast…………………………S. indicus, p. 224.
b. A white band from eye to ear-coverts only, lower neck black all round …………………………S. atronuchalis, p. 226.

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 SARCOGRAMMUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
224
M_ID: 
3986
M_SN: 
Vanellus
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2060

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