Birds of America
By John James Audubon, F. R. SS. L. & E.
GENUS II.--MUSCICAPA, Linn. FLYCATCHER.
Bill moderate, or rather long, stout, straight, broad at the base,
gradually compressed toward the end; upper mandible with the dorsal outline
sloping, the edges sharp and overlapping, with a very small notch close to the
small deflected tip; lower mandible with the ridge very broad at the base, the
sides rounded, the tip minute and ascending. Nostrils basal, roundish. Head
rather large, depressed; neck short; body rather slender. Feet short; tarsus
very short, slender, with six very broad scutella, three of which almost meet
behind; toes free, the hind toe large, all scutellate above; claws rather long,
very slender, arched, finely pointed. Plumage soft and blended. Wings long,
second and third quills longest; outer primaries generally attenuated at the
end. Tail long, even, or emarginate.