Family ZOSTEROPIDAE

Family ZOSTEROPIDAE.

The birds of this group - in India all belonging to the one genus Zosterops - have been included by various authors and ornithologists in different families, though they are undoubtedly difficult to place definitely in any one of these. The genus has external and superficial characters which would seem to ally it with many other families but these are accompanied by so many contradictory characters in our Oriental species that it is advisable to place it in a family by itself.

In our Oriental species oil Zosterops the bill is slender and small and about half the length of the head ; the culmen is curved throughout its length, the edges of the commissure are smooth and the nostrils are covered with a large membrane; the tarsi are long and fairly stout but not adapted to terrestrial habits; the tongue is protractile and furnished with two brushes of curiously stiff, horny fibres.

The wing is long and of ten primaries, the first very minute but always visible if carefully searched for; the tail is short and square, varying in length in the different species.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
Family ZOSTEROPIDAE
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1926
Page No: 
357
M_ID: 
25360
M_SN: 
Zosteropidae
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
4133

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