CONOSTOMA

(Sylviidae; Ϯ Great Parrotbill C. aemodium) Gr. κωνος kōnos  cone; στομα stoma, στοματος stomatos  mouth; "Conostoma Æmodius, (Nobis type.)  ...  The group alluded to, is the Glaucopin, or Finch-billed Crows of Swainson; and the single species I am acquainted with, tenants exclusively the immediate neighbourhood of the perpetual snows.  ...  The present birds, which we shall denominate generically Conostoma, (κωνος et στομα,) have the massive bill and simple concealed nares of the Magpies. The bill of the Crypsirinæ vel Dendrocittæ, or tree Magpies in particular, has much resemblance to that of the Conostomæ, owing to the clear arcuation of its whole commissure, and to the perfect entireness of its tip.  ...  Conostoma is clearly a typical example of the Glaucopinæ of Swainson, and its natural position would seem to be between Glaucopis and Crypsirinæ. In manners the present species is a shy forester, adhering to the wilds, and tenanting the skirts of forests, where brush-wood as well as trees abound. Five or six birds are usually found together, chattering, hopping, and scraping on the ground, and resorting to the trees and shrubs chiefly for shelter.  ...  Bill short, strong, conico-compressed, with broad rounded ridges and vertical sides; the culmen and commissure entirely arched, the tips equal, obtuse, and entire. Nostrils circular, unfossed, furnished with a membranous raised edge all round, and concealed by incumbent setaceous plumuli. Rictus provided with a close series of short bristles.  ...  Type. Conostama [sic] Œmodius, Nob. new." (Hodgson 1841).
Var. Conostama.
Synon. Enendrozdovoma.

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Recommended citation
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 www.hbw.com on 10 December 2018).