Birds of America
By John James Audubon, F. R. SS. L. & E.
GENUS VI.--PEUCAEA, Aud. PINEWOOD-FINCH.
Bill of moderate length, rather stout, straight, considerably compressed,
acute; upper mandible with the dorsal line somewhat convex, the ridge rather
narrow, the sides convex, the edges inflected, with the notches obsolete, the
tip acute; lower mandible with the angle short and rounded, the dorsal line
ascending and slightly convex, the ridge rounded, the sides convex, the edges
involute, the tip acute. Nostrils small, roundish, partially concealed by the
plumage. Head ovate; neck short; body moderately stout. Tarsus rather short,
compressed, with seven scutella; toes moderate, very slender, hind toe rather
large, lateral toes about equal, outer adherent at the base. Claws of moderate
length, very slender, extremely compressed, arched, tapering to a fine point.
Plumage very soft, blended. Wings very short, convex, rounded, the third and
fourth quills longest, the first and seventh about equal. Tail rather long,
graduated, of twelve narrow rounded feathers. No difference in the colours of
the sexes. Name from [Peuche] a pine.