(syn. Actinodura Ϯ Rusty-fronted Barwing A. egertoni) Gr. λειος leios  smooth, polished; Mod. L. cinclus  thrush  < Gr. κιγκλος kinklos  small, tail-wagging waterside bird; "Leiocincla, Nobis. n. g.  Intermediate to Garrulax, Ixops, and Leiothrix, the very elegant bird upon which I found this this generic designation has the bill shorter than the head, moderately compressed, somewhat wide at base, the outline of both mandibles accurved, and the tip of the upper bent over that of the lower mandible, rendering the slight arcuation of the former more apparent: nostrils basal, their aperture a narrow slit at the inferior margin of the nasal membrane: gape furnish with a few long but feeble bristles.  Tarse of mean length, or rather short than otherwise: the toes formed for perching, and claws of moderate size.  Wings having the first primary half the length of the third, and the fifth, sixth, and seventh, equal and longest.  Tail long and graduated.  The plumage very copious, dense and of silky texture, especially on the crown and occiput, where the feathers are much lengthened.   L. plumosa, Nobis.  ...  General colour different shades of soft brown, passing into rufous and delicate cinerous-lake  ...  The colours of this species recall to mind those of the Waxwings (Bombycilla), and are equally delicate.  In the barred markings of its wings, the character of the crest, and other details of plumage, it manifests considerable affinity for Ixops Nipalensis; the feathers of which are however much less delicate and silky.  Inhabits the vicinity of Darjeeling." (Blyth 1843); "Leiocincla Blyth, 1843, Journ. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 12, p. 953. Type,, by original designation and monotypy, Leiocincla plumosa Blyth = Actinodura egertoni Gould." (Deignan in Peters 1964, X, 391).

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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 19 January 2019).