Genus Calypte Gould

Generic characters.

Male.Bill longer than the head, straight, or slightly arched; tail rather short, the three outer feathers stiff, narrow, and slightly incurved; tarsi clothed; feet small; hind and fore toes nearly equal in length; entire head and throat luminous.

Female.—Destitute of luminous colouring.

This is strictly a Mexican genus, all the members of which are beautifully coloured, the entire head and face of the males appearing as if covered with a mask of burnished metal.

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