DONACOBIUS

(Donacobiidae; Ϯ Donacobius D. atricapilla) Gr. δοναξ donax, δονακος donakos  reed; βιος bios  mode of life  < βιοω bioō  to live; "DONACOBIUS vociferans. Babbling Thrush .... It is seldom that the notes of the feathered race are absolutely disagreeable, but we never remember to have heard a bird with a voice of such outstanding discord, as that now before us. Its particular note, if note it could be called, we do not now recollect; but it was so shrill, grating, and monotinous, that we have frequently rushed out of the house, to drive away the babbling disturbers. This happened at the hospitable residence of our friend Mr. Pinches, of Pernambucco, whose house was close by a small swamp, overgrown with reeds, among which these birds delight to dwell; and which in fact, they never quit" (Swainson 1832).  The Donacobius was formerly and variously treated as belonging to the mockingbirds Mimidae, the wrens Troglodytidae, or the thrushes Turdidae, before recent studies showed it to be an aberrant but distinct sylvioid.
Var. Donocobius.
Synon. Cichla.

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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 20 November 2018).