NEOSUTHORA

(Sylviidae; Ϯ Short-tailed Parrotbill N. davidiana) Gr. νεος neos  new; genus Suthora Hodgson, 1837, parrotbill; "18. GENUS NEOSUTHORA NOV. GEN.   Characters.  Bill very much larger and quite differently shaped, as compared with the members of the genus Suthora. Upper mandible much deeper, culmen less convex, with the mesorhinium much broadened and flattened, and not distinctly curved towards the tip; commissure, as in Suthora and Psittiparus, with scarcely an indication of a slight sigmoid curve; lower mandible of nearly the same shape as in Suthora, but more swollen, deeper and in the apical portion even more abruptly turned upwards. Tip of bill conspicuously blunt and obtuse, even more so than in the species of the extreme Chleuasicus-type.  Wings more rounded than in Suthora, the fourth to seventh primaries being the longest. First primary well developed, more than half as long as the longest remex.  Tail, composed of rather narrow, pointed feathers, much shorter than in Suthora, about three-fourths as long as the wing and, instead of being strongly graduated, but slightly rounded; the outermost rectrix falling short of the other tail-feathers, which are nearly equal, by about the length of the hind toe without claw.  Legs and feet decidedly stronger and more robust than in Suthora. Plumage less copious and not so soft. Sexes alike.  Type of the genus: Suthora davidiana Slater" (Hellmayr 1911); "I also propose the generic name of Neosuthora with N. davidiana (Slater), as type. This genus differs from Suthora in having an extremely short tail, and much deeper bill, and approaches Psittiparus very much in these respects, differing only in size.  ...  NEOSUTHORA, n. gen.  I propose the above generic name with N. d. davidiana (Slater) as type. Differs from Suthora in having an extremely short tail, which is much shorter than wing; also a much thicker bill, which is as deep at the base as it is long from the gape. It is very similar to Psittiparus in structural characteristics, and differs chiefly in size. It will be most interesting to know what the eggs of this genus are like, whether they are spotless as in Suthora, or spotted as in Psittiparus." (Harington 1914).

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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 22 January 2019).