This process was, moreover, hastened by the substitution of costly and elaborately embroidered materials for the simple stuffs of which the vestment had originally been composed; for, as it became heavier and stiffer, it necessarily had to be made smaller.
Is prevalent, while the Totaninae, with acute and stiffer bills, display no such lively colours.
The number of exites is less constant, but, in A pus, two are present, the proximal branchial in function and the distal forming a stiffer plate which probably aids in swimming.
The fur is of fine quality, consisting of a short soft whitish grey under-fur, brown at the tips, interspersed with longer, stiffer and thicker hairs, shining, greyish at the base, bright rich brown at the points, especially on the upper-parts and outer surface of the legs; the throat, cheeks, under-parts and inner surface of the legs brownish grey throughout.
The fur is remarkable for the preponderance of the beautifully soft woolly under-fur, the longer stiffer hairs being scanty.
Glass is lighter, stiffer, less costly and easier to work than speculum metal.