POEPHILA

(Estrildidae; Ϯ Long-tailed Finch P. acuticauda) Gr. ποιη poiē  grass; φιλος philos  lover; "Genus POËPHILA.  Gen. char.-- Rostrum ad basin tumidum, et igitur fere tam latum et profundum quam longum.  Alæ mediocres, remige prima parvula, secunda tertia quarta et quinta inter se fere æqualibus; digitis gracilibus, medio externis longiore, illis inter se æqualibus; digito postico, medio valde breviore.  Cauda cuneiformis, rectricibus duabus intermediis productis.  This form is nearly allied to Erythura and Estrelda.  Type, P. acuticauda (Amadina acuticauda, Gould in Proc. Zool. Soc., Part VII. p. 143)." (Gould 1842); "inhabit the open plains bordering streams, and feed on the seeds of various grasses and other plants" (Gould 1865).
Synon. Alisteranus, Neopoephila.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 23 January 2019).