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CULICIVORA

(Tyrannidae; Ϯ Sharp-tailed Tyrant C. caudacuta) L. culex, culicis  midge;
-vorus  eating  < vorare  to devour; "CULICIVORA   ...   Bill short. Wings very short, rounded; the first and second quills graduated; third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh, nearly equal and longest.  Tail slender, lengthened and graduated. Feet long, slender; lateral scales numerous.   Type Muscicapa stenura. Temm., Pl. col. pl. 167. f. 3.  ...  The length of the legs indicates some peculiar economy, of which, at present, we are ignorant. The bill does not materially differ from that of the last genus [Tyrannula], otherwise than in the tip not being so abruptly bent." (Swainson 1828); "Culicivora Swainson, 1827, Zool. Journ., 3, p. 359. Type, by original designation, Muscicapa stenura Temminck = Muscicapa caudacuta Vieillot." (Traylor in Peters 1979, VIII, 49).
Var. Cucilivora.
Synon. Hapalura, Stenura.

culicivora / culicivorus

L. culex, culicis  midge; -vorus  eating  < vorare  to devour.