Thesaurus ornithologiae, Volume 3

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Page 289 - Nostrils superior, broadly open, and nearly circular, withont any adjacent membrane, the edges rounded. Legs stout. Tarsus equal to middle toe without claw ; the joint feathered ; lateral toes about equal ; the basal joint of the middle toe half free internally, rather less so externally. Claws strong, much curved...
Page 104 - Size and habit of Ampelis. Bill small, rather weak. Wings very short, convex, rounded: the three first quills narrow, and of equal length ; the fourth much shorter, and ending in a point Tail broad, even. Feet short, strong ; toes syndactyle ; tarsi feathered, on their inner side only, as far as the toes ; claws strong, curved. (Sw.) Example, Phœnicircus Carnifex.
Page 373 - Bill short ; the sides much compressed ; the tip entire ; the culmen arched ; commissure straight. Nostrils concealed by the frontal feathers. Wings moderate ; the first •quill very small and spurious ; the three next equal, and longest. Tail moderate, slightly forked. Feet black. Tarsi moderate. Toes very small. Lateral toes equal. Hinder claws lengthened, slightly curved. Smith. (Sw.) Example, Pyrrhulauda leucotis, 'PI. Col.
Page 646 - Feathers extending rather farther on side of lower jaw than upper, the former reaching as far as the beginning of the nostrils; those of the chin to about their middle. Bill shorter than the head, straight, equal to the tarsus, which is of the length of middle toe and claw. Bare part of tibia half the tarsus. Outer toe webbed to first joint; inner cleft nearly or quite to the base.
Page 350 - Dor.,' pi. 60.) Ptiloturus. (Sw.) Bill much lengthened, slightly curved ; the upper mandible dilated, and folding over the base of the under ; the margins of both inflected towards their tips. Nostrils lengthened ; the aperture linear. Wings moderate, rounded ; the first quill spurious ; the four next very broad at their base, and emarginate at the inner web. Lateral claws unequal. Tail very long, graduated ; the middle feathers lax and narrow. The rasorial type. (Sw.) Example, P. Capensis. (Le Vaill.,...
Page 116 - Africa,' i., 264.) Phyllastrephus. (Sw.) Bill as long as the head, strong, the tip rather hooked. Rictus strongly bristled. Frontal feathers small, compact, directed forwards, and compressed on the base of the bill. Wings and tail moderate, rounded. Feet short, strong, robust. Tarsus and middle toe of the same length ; lateral toes unequal, the inner shortest : hinder toe shorter than the inner one. Anterior tarsal scales divided. (Sw.) Example, Phyllastrephus Capensis, ' Ois. d'Afr.,
Page 547 - Ploceus ; but the bill is more compressed, the commissure curved, but neither sinuated nor toothed. Wings short, rounded ; the first quill half as long as the second, which, with the third, is graduated ; the three next are nearly equal, and are the longest. Tail moderate, even. Feet strong. The middle toe abbreviated ; inner lateral toe shorter than the outer ; hinder toe long, equal to the middle toe.
Page 38 - Hind toe about equal to the inner lateral ; the claws all long, and moderately curved only ; the posterior rather longer than the middle, and equal to its toe. Wings -long, pointed, reaching to the middle of the tail ; the tertials not longer than secondaries ; second and third quills longest ; first equal to the fifth. Tail very nearly even, scarcely longer than the wing. Inner claw contained scarcely one-and-a-half times in its toe proper.
Page 527 - ... times as long as high ; inner lateral toe longer than the outer; hind claw nearly twice as long as the middle; feathers of head stiffened, the shafts above extended into a black bristle. The common species (S.
Page 583 - Character. — Bill resembling Prionops; the base and the nostrils being partially covered with procumbent setaceous feathers and bristles. Wings moderate, rounded. Tail rather short, perfectly even. Tarsi and toes short ; the lateral toes unequal ; hinder toe longer than the tarsus.