(Sylviidae; Ϯ Black-breasted Parrotbill P. flavirostris) Gr. παραδοξος paradoxos  extraordinary; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; “He stated that one of them was especially curious as exhibiting a form of Insessorial Bird, not safely referrible to any known family; on which account he proposed to consider it as the type of a group of birds to be designated PARADOXORNIS.  Rostrum altitudine longitudinem superans, ad basin vibrissis instructum: mandibula superiore valde compressa; culmine acuto, valde arcuato; tomio edentulo, apicem versus valde incurvo, ad basin producto: mandibula inferiore ad bsain lata, robusta; tomio ematrginato.  Nares parvæ, rotundatæ, pone rostrum sitæ.  Alæ breves, rotundatæ: remigibus 4ta, 5ta, et 6ta longioribus.  Cauda mediocris, gradata.  Tarsi robusti, læves.  Pedes magni, subtus lati: digitis magnis; halluce ungueque postico maximis.  Ptilosis ampla, laxa.  The breadth of the under surfaces of the feet is so great as to indicate considerable powers of grasping.   PARADOXORNIS FLAVIROSTRIS.” (Gould 1836).
Synon. Anacrites, Bathyrynchus, Calamornis.

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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 on 20 January 2019).