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Title: Key to North American birds. Containing a concise account of every species of living and fossil bird at present known from the continent north of the Mexican and United States boundary, inclusive of Greenland and Lower California, with which are incorporated general ornithology: an outline of the structure and classification of birds; and field ornithology, a manual of collecting, preparing, and preserving birds
Authors: Coues, Elliott, 1842-1899
Publisher: Boston, Estes and Lauriat
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
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the primaries edged with rufous (rarely yellowish on inner secondaries) ;pileum dark or quite blackish. BUI broad, flat, shaped much as in Contopus, about i its ownlength wide at the nostrils. Very small: length 7.00 or less; wing and tail only 3.00-3.33 ;bill 0.62-0.70; tarsus 0.65-0.75. Texas (?), Mexico, and Central Am., there running intoM. nigricapillus. 121. SAYIORTVIS. (Name of Thos. Say, with Gr. opvis, amis, a bird.) Pewit Flycatchers.The 3 following species do not particularly resemble each other; most authors place them inseparate genera, and some even under different subfamilies, of Tyrawnidce. The discrepanciesof form, however, are not startling, and for the purposes of this work the species may be properlyput together, as they agree in presenting a certain aspect not shown by the other N. Am.groups. (Fig. 280, 6.) They are small species, about 7-00 or less in length. Head with aslight crest of erectile feathers. Tarsus rather longer than middle toe and claw (the reverse
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Fio. 286. — AsU-tliioated Flycatcher,reduced. (Sheppard del. Nichols so.) TYEANNIJDj^ — TYBANNINuE: TYRANT FLYCATCHEBS. 437 in Contopus). Bill narrower than in the other little Flycatchers, with nearly straight lateraloutlines, its width at base about -J- the length of culmen. Wing pointed by 3d-5th quUls, 1stshorter than 6th. Tail about as long as wing, emarginate, with broad feathers tending todivaricate in the middle. One Eastern, two Western species. Nest affixed to rooks andbuildings, with mud; eggs normally white, unmarked. Analysis qf Species. Ashy-brown, with cinnamon belly and black tail sayi 377 Blackish, with white belly .... nigricans 378 Olivaceous and yellowish fusca 379 377. S. sayi. (To Thos. Say.) Says Pewit Flycatcher. ,J 9, adult: Grayish-brown, some-times with faint olivaceous tinge, rather darker on head, where the feathers have dusky centres,paler on throat and breast, then changing to cinnamon-brown on the rest of the under parts.Wings dusky, lined with tawn
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