Philentoma Eyton, Ann. N. II., xvi, p. 229 (1845). Type, P. pyrrhopterum Temm.
The genus Philentoma is represented within our limits by two species, birds of very peculiar coloration, chiefly indigo-blue with certain amount of maroon or chestnut.
In this genus the sexes are dissimilar, the bill is very large and coarse with the base concealed by dense frontal plumelets; the wing is rounded and the first primary is much longer than half the second ; the tail is square.
Key to Species.
A. Wings and tail blue P. velatum, p. 262.
B. Wings and tail chestnut P. pyrrhopterum, p. 263