(Sittidae; Ϯ Indian Spotted Creeper S. spilonota) Gr. σαλπιγκτης   salpinktēs  unknown bird, probably the Wren  < σαλπιγκτης salpinktēs  trumpeter  < σαλπιγξ salpinx, σαλπιγγος salpingos  war-trumpet; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "I have also before me another bird that appears to belong to the same subfamily [Certhinae], which I shall form into a distinct genus, under the name of SALPORNIS.   Rostrum longum latum basi subdepressum, per totam longitudinem curvatum; lateribus a naribus fortiter compressis.  Gonys elongatus, curvatus.  Nares laterales, antice in sulco lato brevi siti, apertura magna nuda.  Alæ longissimæ, usque ad caudæ apicem fere attingentes, acutæ, remige prima brevissima, secunda fere longitudinis tertiæ quartæque, quæ æquales et omnium longissimæ.  Cauda breviuscula, quadrata, rectricum apicibus rotundatis.  Tarsi medio digito breviores, squamis latis muniti.  Digiti longi, fortes, intimo quam extimo breviore basi parum coadunato, extimo longius coadunato; postico longo, forti, ungue curvato armato.   The type of this proposed genus is already described by Major Franklin in the Proceedings of the Society under the name of Certhia spilonota (Proc. 1831, p. 121).  The differences exhibited between this and the former genus are at once seen in the form of the wings, which are lengthened and pointed, and of the tail, which has the ends of the feathers slightly rounded. These characters are like those of Tichodroma, while the form of the bill and feet are similar to those of the genus [Caulodromus] proposed above." (G. Gray 1847). Recent work indicates that the spotted creepers should be replaced in the Certhiidae.
Synon. Hylypsornis.

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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 24 January 2019).