"THE bill of this genus is straight, conic, and very sharp pointed, edges cultrated, and inclining inwards; mandibles of equal length; nostrils small, placed at the base of the bill, and partly covered; tongue divided at the end; toes, three forward and one backward; the middle joined near the base to the outermost one. These birds are a noisy, gregarious, frugivorous, granivorous, and voracious race, very numerous, and often have pensile nests." Latham notices forty-five distinct species, which are spread over the warmer climates of America, Asia, and Europe; they live on figs, grapes, and cherries, and also upon insects.
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