Review of American Birds in the Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Part 1

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The Institution, 1872 - Birds - 478 pages
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Page 423 - Belly and hinder parts browniah-rufoua ; a beautiful yellow in form of a bracelet on the feathers of lower part of leg ; feet brown. Length, 6 inches 3 lines.
Page 434 - Alyiadestes, but deeper and stouter in proportion. Gonys about two-fifths the lower edge of lower mandible. Frontal and rictal bristles well developed. Feet short ; tarsus about equal to middle toe, without scutellar division, excepting two plates at lower end, both sides of which also exhibit slight indication of similar division. Lateral toes about equal, their claws reaching to base of middle claw. Basal phalanx of middle toe united for a very little more than half to rather less than half the...
Page 92 - Troglodytidee, on the contrary, the inner toe is united by half its basal joint to the middle toe ; sometimes by the whole of this joint, and the second joint of the outer toe enters wholly or partially into this union, instead of the basal only.
Page 77 - Body compressed. Bill shorter than the head. Wings rounded, equal to, or shorter than the rounded tail. Second quill as short as the 10th. Tarsus longer than the middle toe and claw, which are about equal to the hinder ; soles of toes widened into a palm. Plumage rather soft and lax.
Page 406 - For many years authentic eggs of the Bohemian Chatterer were greatly sought after, but it was not until 1856 that any were brought to the notice of the scientific world, when the late Mr. H. Wolley discovered them in Lapland. Early duplicates from his collection were sold at five guineas each, and although a good many have since been obtained, they are yet considered as great prizes. A nest, with its eggs, of those collected by Mr. Wolley, has been presented to the Institution by Mr.
Page 167 - Bill muuh depressed ; considerably broader than high ; the tip more or less hooked, with distinct notch. Bristles lengthened, reaching half way or more from the nostrils to tip of bill.
Page 166 - Bill conical, or about as high as wide, or even higher, opposite the nostrils. Gape with short bristles, not reaching beyond the nostrils or none. Tip of bill not hooked ; with or without a faint notch ; commissure nearly straight. Wings long and pointed ; considerably longer than the narrow, nearly even tail. Legs short and weak ; tarsi not as long as the head (except in Jfniotilta).
Page 208 - ... and bordered by black streaks towards lower part of neck, mos>t conspicuous on sides of breast. Beneath dull white, the insides of wings more ashy, the flanks something like the back. Two dull ashy white bands across the wing coverts : the quill- and tail feathers edged with paler ash than the ground color. Lateral tail feather with a whitish patch on the inner web, running forward to a point along the shaft, including the whole web at the end ; second feather with a more restricted patch of...
Page 357 - California and Western Mexico, to Oaxaca. (No. 3,725.) First quill rather less than half 2d, which about equals the 10th ; 3d a little longer than 7th ; 4th and 5th nearly equal, and longest. Tail slightly rounded, shorter than wings. Bill very small. Above olive green...
Page 270 - Tachycineta. Tarsus with a tuft of feathers at lower end. Lateral claws lengthened, reaching beyond base of middle claw. Tail slightly forked. Color dull brown above ; beneath white, with brown pectoral collar ..... Cotyle. Tarsus long ; equal to middle toe and half claw ; entirely bare. Tail considerably forked, about equal to closed wing. Color green above ; white beneath . Callichelodon. The arrangement and subordination of forms which I propose to adopt in the further consideration of the subject,...

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