HEMICIRCUS

(Picidae; Ϯ Grey-and-buff Woodpecker H. concretus) Gr. ἡμι- hēmi-  small  < ἡμισυς hēmisus  half; κερκος kerkos  tail; "Hemicircus, Sw.  Tail excessively short, and very broad.  Neck short, very slender.  Bill straight, considerably compressed.  Lateral ridge slight, near to the margin.  Nostrils concealed.  Feet very large.  Versatile toe always longer than the anterior.  Wings nearly as long as the tail.   India.    H. concretus.  Pl. Col. 90." (Swainson 1837); "Hemicircus Swainson, Classif. Bds., 2, 1837, p. 306. Type, by monotypy, H. concretus Pl. col. 90 = Picus concretus Temminck." (Peters 1948, VI, 223).
Var. Hemicercus.
Synon. Micropicos.

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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 13 December 2018).