Wilson, Alexander, 1766-1813. / American ornithology; or The natural history of the birds of the United States
Species 2. Recurvirostra himantopus. Long-legged avoset [avocet], pp. -222
SPECIES 2. RECUR VIROSTRd HIMdNTOP US. * LONG-LEGGED AVOSET. [Plate LVIII.-Fig. 2.] Long-legged Plover, frct. Zool. p. 487, JXo. 405.--TUR1ON, P. 416. BhwiCK, II, 21.-L'Echasse, BUFF. VII1, 114. Pl. Enl. 878,. -PEALE'S .Museum, .Vo. 4210. NATURALISTS have most unaccountably classed this bird with the genus Charadrius, or Plover, and yet affect to make the particular conformation of the bill, legs and feet, the rule of their arrangement. In the present subject, however, excepting the trivial circumstance of the want of a hind toe, there is no re- semblance whatever of those parts to the bill, legs or feet. of the Plover; on the contrary, they are so entirely different, as to create no small surprise at the adoption, and general acceptation, of a classification, evidently so absurd and unnatural. This ap- pears the more reprehensible, when we consider the striking affinity there is between this bird and the common Avoset, not only in the particular form of the bill, nostrils, tongue, legs, feet, wings and tail, but extending to the voice, manners, food, place of breeding, form of the nest, and even the very colour of the eggs of both, all of which are strikingly alike, and point out, at once, to the actual observer of nature, the true relationship of these remarkable birds. Strongly impressed with these facts, from an intimate ac- quaintance with the living subjects, in their native wilds, I have presumed to remove the present species to the true and proper place assigned it by nature; and shall now proceed to detail some particulars of its history. * This bird belongs to the genus Hinmitopus of Brisson.
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