EUROCEPHALUS

(Laniidae; Ϯ Southern White-crowned Shrike E. anguitimens) Gr. ευρυς eurus  broad; -κεφαλος -kephalos  -headed  < κεφαλη kephalē   head; "Fam. CORVIDÆ, Sw.   Genus EUROCEPHALUS.   Bill short, slightly arched, broad at base, compressed towards point, the upper mandible slightly notched; nostrils basal and partly covered by the incumbent feathers; rictus slightly bristled; wings moderate pointed, third quill longest; tail slightly rounded; tarsi short and like the acrotarsia divided; outer toe longer than the inner one; claws slightly curved.   Eurocephalus anguitimens.   ...   Inhabits the country between Latakoo and the Tropic.  When an opportunity occurs of comparing this bird with the various forms of the Corvidæ, its true place may be found in another family, and the resemblance, particularly as regards its habits, may be those of analogy and not affinity." (A. Smith 1836); "Eurocephalus Smith, 1836, Rep. Exp. Centr. Afr., App., p. 52. Type, by monotypy, E. anguitimens Smith." (Rand in Peters 1960, IX, 309). Modern work suggests that the Southern and Northern White-crowned Shrikes are primitive forms that share a common ancestor with the Corvidae.   
Var. Eurycephalus.   
Synon. Chaetoblemma.

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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 www.hbw.com on 23 January 2019).