PARMOPTILA

(Estrildidae; Ϯ Woodhouse's Antpecker P. woodhousei) Gr. παρμη parmē  small round shield; πτιλον ptilon  feather; “Genus PARMOPTILA, nobis.  Allied to Pardalotus. Size small, bill thick, rather wide at base, depressed, curved. Wing moderate, first quill spurious, second and third longest, tail moderate, legs rather strong, toes moderate, claws strong. Feathers of the head and throat in the present species, scale-like.   66. PARMOPTILA WOODHOUSEI, nobis.   ♂. Head and throat covered with rounded, scale-like feathers, which are rufous, lighter on the throat, brighter and nearly brick-red on the forehead.  ...  This is the only bird from Western Africa that I have ever seen which belongs to the Pardalotinæ. It is easily distinguished specifically by its rufous head and throat and spotted under parts, and is a very curious and handsome little bird.  This bird is named in honor of my friend Samuel W. Woodhouse, M.D., of this city, an accomplished and promising young naturalist and scientific traveller in the western countries of the United States.” (Cassin 1859).
Synon. Lobornis, Rhodornis.

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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 19 December 2018).