Dendrocitta Gould, 1833 sec. Corvids of the World

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Dendrocitta Gould, 1833 sec. Corvids of the World

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Asia-Temperate China (China South-Central nativeA, China Southeast nativeA, Hainan (Hainan nativeA)); Eastern Asia (Taiwan (Taiwan nativeA)), Asia-Tropical Indian Subcontinent (Assam (Assam nativeA), Bangladesh (Bangladesh nativeA), East Himalaya nativeA, India nativeA, Nepal (Nepal nativeA), Pakistan (Pakistan nativeA), West Himalaya nativeA); Indo-China nativeA (Andaman Is. (Andaman Is. nativeA)); Malesia (Borneo nativeA)


Original Description: Rostrum capite brevius, cultratum, ad basin latum, culminae arcuato, lateribus subtumidis. Nares basales, plumis setaceis partim tectae. Alae mediocres, remigibus 5tâ 6tâque longioribus. Cauda elongata, cuneata, rectricibus spatulatis. Tarsi breves, debiles. Digiti mediocres. Hallux fortis, ungue forti, incurvo. The shortness and comparative feeblenes of the tarsi in Dendrocitta, and its more elongated tail, the feathers of which are equally graduated, except the two middle ones which are much longer than the others, distinguish it from the typical Pica, the common Magpie for example. These characters are in accordance with its habit of wandering from tree to tree in search of its food. It is further distinguished by the form of its bill. All the species yet known are natives of Eastern Asia.B


Philopterus emersoni R.D. Price & Hellenthal, 1998C Philopterus crassipes (Burmeister, 1838)C,D


A. 2003: The Howard and Moore complete checklist of the birds of the world. 3rd Edition: 504-515
B. Gould 1833: Characters of a new genus of insessorial birds. – Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences 1: 57: 57
C. Price & Hellenthal: Taxonomy of Philopterus (Phthiraptera: Philopteridae) from the Corvidae (Passeriformes), with descriptions of nine new species. – Annals of the Entomological Society of America 91 (6): 782-799 [78]
D. Ansari, M.A.R. 1956: Studies on phthirapteran parasites (Mallophaga) infesting birds in the Panjab. – Indian journal of entomology 17: 394-400: 395 [8188]