Birds of America
By John James Audubon, F. R. SS. L. & E.
GENUS I.--MYIODIOCTES, Aud. FLYCATCHING-WARBLER.
Bill of moderate length, stoutish, straight, considerably broader than
high, compressed toward the end; upper mandible with the ridge distinct, the
dorsal line convex toward the end, the edges sharp and overlapping, with a very
faint notch close to the slightly deflected tip; lower mandible with the ridge
indistinct, the sides rounded, the edges somewhat involute, the tip narrow, not
ascending. Nostrils basal, oblong. Head ovate, of moderate size; neck short;
body rather slender. Feet of moderate length; tarsus pretty stout, much
compressed; scutella blended, excepting the lower three; toes of moderate
length, very slender, the hind toe proportionally large, the third and fourth
united at the base, all scutellate. Claws moderate, extremely compressed, well
arched, very acute. Bristles at the base of the bill elongated but slender.
Wings of moderate length, the second and third quills longest, the first
scarcely shorter than the fourth. Tail moderate, slightly rounded. Name from
the Greek: [Myia], an insect, [Dioktes], a pursuer.