Genus Heliopædica Gould

Near to these are the members of the genus Heliopædica.

Generic characters.

Male.— Bill straight, and rather longer than the head; head round, or with the feathers not advancing on the bill; tail slightly rounded, the feathers broad; tarsi clothed; hind toe shorter than the middle one; head and breast luminous.


This genus comprises two species, both of which are natives of Central America, Mexico, and Southern California; they are somewhat diminutive in size, and possess the white mark behind the eye which occurs in most of the members of the genera of this section of the Trochilidæ.

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