(syn. Pachycephala Ϯ Morningbird P. tenebrosa) Gr. μαλακος malakos  soft; λῃστης lēistēs  robber (i.e. shrike)  < λῃστευω lēisteuō  to rob; "MALACOLESTES, new genus.  Bill strong, curved, with a distinct notch in the maxilla; nostrils small, round, partly covered with feathers and bristles; rictal bristles well developed, long; culmen longer than hind toe and claw.  Feet strong; tarsus covered with large scutes.  ...  Plumage very soft and silky; the body plumage, particularly on flanks and back, has an almost downy character.  GENOTYPE.- Rectes tenebrosus Hartlaub and Finsch.   This bird has been placed by the various authors into different genera usually with the remark that really a new genus should be erected for this rather aberrant form. Most frequently it was included into Rhectes (= Pitohui) and Pinarolestes (= Myiolestes). Pitohui, however, differs by its rounder wing, its larger nostrils which are not covered by bristles, its much longer and stronger tail, and its much harder plumage. Myiolestes differs by its rounder wing with a much shorter first primary, its weaker bill and its much harder plumage.  ...  Mr. Coultas writes: "This bird is called 'Tu Tau' by the natives of the Palau Islands, meaning the 'Morning Bird,' because his sweet little carol heralds the approach of day. He never sings during the heat of the day, and in the evening, if one is close enough one can hear him crooning himself to sleep.  ...  He is one of the few real song birds it has been my pleasure to hear in the tropics." " (Mayr 1933).

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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 11 December 2018).