(Leiothrichidae; Ϯ Spiny Babbler A. nipalensis) Gr. ακανθα akantha spine, thorn < ακη akē point; πτιλον ptilon feather. "Having found occasion to re-examine the series of Indian CRATEROPODINÆ, it was found expedient to subdivide the genus MALACOCERCUS, Swainson, as follows: 1. ACANTHOPTILA, nobis. Type, Timalia nipalensis, Hodgson" (Blyth 1855); "The shiny black, rigid and pointed shafts of the feathers on head, nape, sides of neck and breast are characteristic" (Ali & Ripley 1971).