Genus Erythronota Gould

The Erythronotæ are nearly allied to the Pyrrhophænæ. As in that genus, the sexes are alike in their colouring. The species are much more circumscribed in their habitat, being almost confined to Venezuela and the countries immediately adjoining.

The oldest-known species, which I have called antiqua, appears to be subject to much variation in its colour and markings; but, as I stated in my account of that species, I have questioned the propriety of their separation until we are better acquainted with them.

Generic characters.

Male.Bill longer than the head, nearly straight or very slightly curved; wings moderately long; tail rather short and slightly forked; tarsi clothed; hind toe rather shorter than the middle one; claws short; throat and chest lively green.

Female.—Similar in colour.

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