Birds of America
By John James Audubon, F. R. SS. L. & E.
GENUS V.--MNIOTILTA, Varia. CREEPING-WARBLER.
Bill rather long, straight, very slender, nearly as broad as high at the
base, much compressed toward the end; upper mandible with the dorsal line very
slightly convex, the edges a little inflected toward the end, the notches
obsolete, the tip acute; lower mandible with the dorsal line straight, the sides
convex, the edges involute, the tip attenuated. General form slender. Feet of
moderate length, very slender; tarsus shorter than the middle toe and claw, much
compressed, the upper scutella blended; toes rather long, extremely compressed,
the first very long, the second shorter than the third, which is adherent at the
base, claws rather long, well arched, extremely compressed, and acute. Plumage
very soft and blended. Bristles obsolete. Wings long, with the second and
third quills longest and about equal, the first slightly shorter, and exceeding
the fourth. Tail of moderate length, nearly even. This genus connects the
Sylvicolinae with the Certhianae.