UROSPHENA

(Scotocercidae; Ϯ Asian Stubtail U. squameiceps) Gr. ουρα oura  tail; σφην sphēn, σφηνος sphēnos  wedge; "Mr. Brooks urges me to have a figure of this bird published, and to assign to it the characters of a new genus, as he considers that it does not belong to Tribura, Pnoepyga, Horornis, or any other known genus, though it has certain characters in common with them. I think, therefore, that it would be as well to propose for it the generic name Urosphena, from its wedge-shaped tail, and to characterize it as follows:--  Bill at base exceedingly slender and much depressed. Wing of unusual power for such a little bird. Tail almost as in Pnoepyga, but somewhat more rounded. Style of coloration scaly, as in Pnoepyga. Legs and feet large, strong, and coloured as in Horornis. Lower tail-coverts very long.  ...  UROSPHENA SQUAMICEPS.  Tribura squamiceps, Swinhoe, P.Z.S. 1863, p. 292." (Swinhoe 1877).
Synon. Orthnocichla, Urophlexis.

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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 17 December 2018).