Genus Schistes

Between the genera Heliothrix and Petasophora appears to be the proper situation for my genus Schistes; for to the former it is nearly allied in its wedge-shaped bill, and to the latter in the colouring of the tail. The three species known are all inhabitants of the Andes of New Granada and Ecuador. I have often thought that the white gular mark in Schistes albogularis is characteristic of immaturity; but this is by no means certain.

Generic characters.

Male.—Bill longer than the head, straight, wedge-shaped at the tip; wings moderately long and slightly rounded; tail rounded, the feathers broad; tarsi partially clothed; feet small; hind toe and nail shorter than the middle toe and nail.

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