Fissirostral (birds)

French translation: fissirostres

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English term or phrase:Fissirostral (birds)
French translation:fissirostres
Entered by: FX Fraipont (X)

21:21 Jan 9, 2013
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Science - Zoology / Birds
English term or phrase: Fissirostral (birds)
The expression is part of the following sentence: "and then there are (...) the little humming-birds, though they generally procure insects from the flowers, often take them on the wing, like any other fissirostral bird".

My problem is I have found two different definitions for "fissirostral birds" on the Internet:

1) This website (http://books.google.fr/books?id=_tUwAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA86&lpg=PA8... seems to suggest they refer simply to birds that catch their food on the wing.

2) Dictionary.com defines "fissirostral" as "having a broad, deeply cleft beak or bill, as the swallows and goatsuckers".

Incidentally the text also mentions swallows and goatsuckers, so we can be sure they too are "fissirostral".

Thank you experts!
Antoine Guillemain
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:21
fissirostres
Explanation:
"Une autre classification.
Les Passereaux furent ensuite divisés en 5 familles :
1° Les Dentirostres, qui ont le bec échancré aux côtés de la pointe. Genres principaux : Pies-grièches, Gobe-mouches, Merles, Loriots, Becs-fins, etc.
2° Les Fissirostres, bec court, large, fendu très profondément; genres principaux : Hirondelles, Engoulevents. "
http://www.cosmovisions.com/passeriformes.htm



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fissirostres


Explanation:
"Une autre classification.
Les Passereaux furent ensuite divisés en 5 familles :
1° Les Dentirostres, qui ont le bec échancré aux côtés de la pointe. Genres principaux : Pies-grièches, Gobe-mouches, Merles, Loriots, Becs-fins, etc.
2° Les Fissirostres, bec court, large, fendu très profondément; genres principaux : Hirondelles, Engoulevents. "
http://www.cosmovisions.com/passeriformes.htm





FX Fraipont (X)
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