Birds of America
By John James Audubon, F. R. SS. L. & E.
GENUS III.--ECTOPISTES, Swains. LONG-TAILED DOVE.
Bill straight, of ordinary length, rather slender, broader than high at the
base, with a tumid fleshy covering, compressed toward the end. Head small,
oblong; neck of moderate length; body rather slender. Feet short; tarsus as
short as the hind toe and claw, anteriorly scutellate; outer toe slightly
shorter than inner; claws rather short, stout, arched, obtuse. Plumage compact
above; blended, but firm beneath. Wings long; first and second quills longest,
and about equal. Tail long, cuneate, pointed. Digestive organs as in the