(LeiothrichidaeϮ 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).

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 15 December 2018).