NECTARINIA

(Nectariniidae; Ϯ Malachite Sunbird N. famosa) L. nectar, nectaris  nectar  < Gr. νεκταρ nektar, νεκταρος nektaros  nectar; “GENUS 20. NECTARINIA (Nectar florum haurientes) (Honigvogel Germ. Sucrier, Guitguit Gall.)  Rostrum vel elongatum vel mediocre, gracile, modice incurvum, teretiusculum, trigonum, apice acutissimum, tomiis intractis, versus apicem saepius subtilissime incisulo-fimbriatis, maxillaribus mandibularia amplectentibus. Gonys mandibulae duas certe partes aequans, gnathidiis ea brevioribus, angulo mentali rotundato.  Nares in maxillae basi sitae, membrana fornicali superne semiclausae, rima longitudinali versus tomium apertae.  Lingua jaculatoria, tubulosa, apice fibrosa.  Alae mediocres, remigum primorum primae breviores.  Caudae rectrices haud rigidae, apice rotundatae.  Pedes ambulatorii, mediocres, congrui, nudi.  Unguis posticus ungue medio paullo major.  Acropodia scutulata.   Species: Certhia famosa, violacea, caerulea (et Cayana) Lin.” (Illiger 1811); "Nectarinia Illiger, 1811, Prodr. Syst. Mamm. Avium, p. 210. Type, by subsequent designation (G. R. Gray, 1840, List Gen. Birds, ed. 1, p. 12), Certhia famosa Linnaeus." (Rand in Peters 1967, XII, 222).
Var. Nectarina, Nectarinea, Noctarinia.
Synon. Rhyndace, Sclaterornis, Sovimanga.

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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).