(Cinclosomatidae; Ϯ Spotted Quailthrush C. punctatum) Mod. L. cinclus  thrush  < Gr. κιγκλος kinklos  unidentified tail-wagging waterside bird; Gr. σωμα sōma, σωματος sōmatos  body; “Genus.  CINCLOSOMA*.   ...  The birds of this genus appear to belong to that subdivision of the Thrushes, which by the weaker conformation of the bill opens a passage to the slender-billed Warblers. They deviate very considerably from the typical form of the Merulidæ. Besides the more gracile shape of the bill, the nares may be observed to be linear and longitudinal, instead of being rounded, as in the true Turdi. The wings are short and rounded, the first quill-feather being of moderate length, and the next gradually increasing; they thus differ from the wings of Turdus, where the four quill-feathers succeeding the first are nearly of equal length, and the first almost spurious. The tail is long and graduated, which in the true Thrushes is even; and the scales on the acrotarsia are strongly conspicuous, while the tarsi of the Thrushes are entire. The genus appears very nearly allied to Timalia, Horsf., in its general conformation.  ...   1. PUNCTATUM.   ...   Turdus punctatus.  Lath. Ind. Orn. Supp. p. xliv. no. 23.  Punctated Thrush. Id. Gen. Hist. v. p. 130. no. 169.   ...   *Kιγκλος turdus, and σωμα corpus.” (Vigors & Horsfield 1827); "Cinclosoma Vigors and Horsfield, 1827, Trans. Linn. Soc. London, 15 (1826), p. 219. Type, by monotypy, Turdus punctatus Latham, 1801 = Turdus punctatus Shaw, 1794." (Deignan in Peters 1964, X, 231).
Synon. Ajax, Malleeavis, Samuela.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2019).