Australian Museum Journal Pterylosis of the wing and tail in the Noisy Scrub-Bird Atrichornis clamosus, and Superb Lyrebird, Menura novahollandiae (Passeriformes: Atrichornithidae and Menuridae)

Shortform:
Morlion, 1985, Rec. Aust. Mus. 37(3): 143–156
Author(s):
Morlion, M. L.
Year published:
1985
Title:
Pterylosis of the wing and tail in the Noisy Scrub-Bird Atrichornis clamosus, and Superb Lyrebird, Menura novahollandiae (Passeriformes: Atrichornithidae and Menuridae)
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
37
Issue:
3
Start page:
143
End page:
156
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.37.1985.306
Language:
English
Date published:
20 November 1985
Cover date:
20 November 1985
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
AVES
Digitized:
16 January 2009
Reference number:
306
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (156kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1914kb PDF)

Abstract

The wing and tail pterylosis of Atrichornis clamosus and Menura novaehollandiae were studied. On comparing the wing pterylosis, a great difference was found in the number of the remiges and coverts, especially those in the forearm. In comparison with Ploceus nigerrimus (Morlion, 1971), chosen as a representative passerine, we saw that in wing pterylosis Atrichornis is much nearer to the Passeres than is Menura. In the tail pterylosis, a great difference also exists between the two species investigated: not only in the aspect of the feathers, but also in the number of rectrices, greater upper and under tail coverts and in the presence or absence of the first pair of upper and under tail coverts. In contrast to the wing pterylosis, however, the tail pterylosis of Atrichornis is markedly different from Ploceus nigerrimus.

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