(syn. Bradypterus Ϯ Brown Emu-tail B. brunneus) Genus Dromaius Vieillot, 1816, emu; Gr. κερκος kerkos  tail; "DROMÆOCERCUS, gen. nov.  Closely allied to Phlexis, Hartlaub, but distinguished at once by its pointed and loosely webbed tail-feathers, the webs being separate and distinct, as in an Emu-plume: hence the generic name.  The type is DROMÆOCERCUS BRUNNEUS  ... The form of this new genus is closely allied to Phlexis, of which P. layardi, of South Africa, is the type; but it differs in the form of the tail, which is composed of long loose feathers of lax texture with distinctly separated webs, very much as in Stipiturus of Australia" (Sharpe 1877).
Var. Dromocercus, Dromoeocercus.

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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 www.hbw.com on 15 December 2018).