Genus Microchera Gould

That all the Humming-Birds are not yet discovered we may very reasonably conjecture, and we may ask what will be our next novelty in this group of birds. This remark has suggested itself upon finding next in succession the singular little Michrochera albocoronata. Although America has been discovered for more than 300 years, and collectors have been employed for the last fifty in searching for its treasures of various kinds, we had no knowledge of the existence of this bird until 1852, when Dr. J. K. Merritt shot three examples in the district of Belen in New Granada.

Generic characters.

Male.Bill about the same length as the head, and straight; wings moderate; tail rather short and square; tarsi clothed; feet small; claws diminutive.


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