(Pellorneidae; Ϯ Abbott's Babbler M. abbotti) Gr. μαλακος malakos  soft; Mod. L. cinclus  thrush  < Gr. κιγκλος kinklos  small unidentified waterside bird; "The following is a Crateropodine genus, allied to Pellornium, and bearing some vague resemblance to the Malacopteron group.   Malacocincla, nobis.  ...  Plumage full and lax, the coronal feathers somewhat elongated and of a spatulate form.  M. Abbotti, nobis.  ...  Discovered by our industrious contributor, Capt. Abbott, in the island of Ramree, Arracan" (Blyth 1845).   
Synon. Anuropsis, Elocincla, Nannothera, Ptilopyga.

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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 on 10 December 2018).