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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A superfamily of passerine birds, containing those families of Passeres which have a mesomyodian tracheobronchial syrinx and an independently movable hallux, divided into Heteromeri and Homœomeri, according to the situation of the main artery of the thigh, and consisting of the families Xenicidæ (New Zealand), Philepittidæ (Madagascar), Pittidæ (Ethiopian, Oriental, and Australian), and the American Tyrannidæ Pipridæ, Cotingidæ, and Phytotomidæ. Nine tenths of the species are American, and most of these Neotropical.

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