PROMEROPS

(Promeropidae; Ϯ Cape Sugarbird P. cafer) Gr. προ pro  close to, similar; genus Merops Linnaeus, 1758, bee-eater; "Le genre du Promérops.(1)  Genus Promeropis  ...  Le bec menu, & un peu courbé en arc  ...  On le trouve au Cap de Bonne Espérance, d'où il a été envoyé à M. le Comte de Bentinck qui en a fait présent à M. de Reaumur.  ...  (1) Promérops, nom que M. de Reaumur a donné à ce genre d'Oiseaux" (Brisson 1760). Formerly an otherwise unrelated assortment of curve-billed birds was included here (e.g. hoopoe, wood-hoopoes, riflebirds, scimitarbills, honeyeaters, thrashers). The affinities of the curve-billed sugarbirds are unclear; they could have no close relatives, although I was struck by the resemblance of immature Cape Sugarbirds to certain meliphagids.
Synon. Falcinellus, Pseudomerops, Ptiloturus.

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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 14 December 2018).