NYSTALUS

(Bucconidae; Ϯ Spot-backed Puffbird N. maculatus) Gr. νυσταλος nustalos  drowsy  < νυσταζω nustazō  to doze; "Gen. NYSTALUS*) Nob. — Chacuru.  Capito Sws. 1837 & Strickl. 1841 (nec Temm. 1820). Nyctastes (!) Bp. 1854 & Nyctactes (!) Gray 1855 (nec Nystactes Glog. 1827).   113.—1. N. maculatus Nob.   Ispida brasiliensis naevia Briss. Orn. IV. p. 542.25. — Alcedo maculata Gm. Syst. Nat. I. p. 451. 25.  ...  Bucco somnolentus Licht. Verz. Doubl. p. 8. 34.  ...  Tamatia tamajac Less. Trait. Orn. p. 168. 7.   ...   114.—4[sic]. N. chacuru Nob.  Chacuru Azar. Apunt. Hist. Nat. Paxar. Parag. II. p. 330.261.—Hartl. Ind. Azar. p. 17.—Bucco chacuru Vieill. Nouv. Dict. III. p. 239.   ...   *) Andere Arten dieser im Schnabel unläugbar an manche Liest-Arten wie besonders an Carcineutes erinnernden Gattung, deren Namen wir von νυσταλος (= νυστακτης, schläfrig) entnehmen" (Cabanis & Heine 1863); "Nystalus Cabanis and Heine, Mus. Hein., Th. 4, 1862-63 (1863), Heft 1, p. 139. Type, by subsequent designation, Alcedo maculata Gmelin. (Sclater, Monogr. Jacamars and Puff-birds, pt. 4, 1882, p. xxxv.)" (Peters 1948, VI, 13).
Synon. Ecchaunornis.

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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 www.hbw.com on 15 December 2018).