Ianthocincla

(syn. Garrulax Ϯ Spotted Laughingthrush G. ocellatus) Gr. ιονθος ionthos  young hair, down; Mod. L. cinclus  thrush  < Gr. κιγκλος kinklos  unidentified small waterside bird; "IANTHOCINCLA  ...  Typus genericus. Cinclosoma ocellatum, Vig.  Montium Himalayæ Incolæ.   The chief distinguishing characteristics of the genus Ianthocincla are the comparative length of the tarsus; the length of the hinder toe, and the great length of the claw by which it is terminated; the roundness, concavity, softness, and yielding character of the wings and tail; and the peculiar fullness, lightness, and downiness of the whole of the plumage, and particularly of that of the back and rump. The downy nature of the covering is alluded to in the generic name." (Gould 1835).   Var. Janthocincla, Xanthocincla, Yantocincla, Zanthocincla.

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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).