from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In cuvier's system of classification, the first family of his Passerincæ, “wherein the upper mandible is notched on each side towards the point.
  • In Sundevall's system of classification, a phalanx of the cohort Cichlomorphæ: synonymous with Laniiformes, as the name of a superfamily group embracing the shrikes and their immediate relatives.
  • In Sclater's arrangement of 1880, a group of laminiplantar oscine Passeres, practically equivalent to the Cichlomorphæ of Sundevall.


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  • In the dentirostres, for instance, we have in a subdued form the hooked bill and predaceous character of the raptores; to this tribe belongs the family of the shrikes, so deadly to all the lesser field birds.

    Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

  • In the conirostres are the perfections which belong to the incessores as an order, with the conspicuous external feature of a comparatively small notch in their bills; in the dentirostres, the notch is strong and toothlike, (hence the name of the tribe) assimilating them to the raptores; the fissirostres come into analogy with the natatores in the slight development of their feet and their great powers of flight; the tenuirostres have the small mouths and long soft bills of the grallatores.

    Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

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