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(Cuculidae; Ϯ Scale-feathered Malkoha L. cumingi) Gr. λεπις lepis, λεπιδος lepidos  scale, flake  < λεπω lepō  to peel; γραμμα gramma  that which is drawn, letters, lines  < γραφω graphō  to write. Reichenbach's 1849, plate XLVII, labelled Cucul. Crotophaginae, contains a variety of cuckoos, and his Lepidogrammus figures illustrate the distinctive black scales on the crown, chin and throat of the Scale-feathered Malkoha. "It may at once be distinguished from all the known members of the family by the singular structure of the feathers of its crest and throat; the shafts of these feathers are expanded at their extremities into laminæ, which may be compared to the shavings of whalebone ...  The feathers above the nostrils, of the crest and chin, and along the middle of the throat, are gray at the base; they have a decided white spot towards the middle, and are terminated by a broad expansion of the shaft, which is of a glossy black colour, and exhibits blue or greenish reflections. The external edge of this expanded portion of the shaft is minutely pectinated" (Fraser 1839); "Lepidogrammus Reichenbach, Av. Syst. Nat., 1849, pl. xlvii. Figure of generic details, no species included. Type, by subsequent designation, Phoenicophaus cumingi Fraser (Bonaparte, Consp. Vol. Zygod., 1854, p. 5.)" (Peters 1940, IV, 57).
Var. Leptogrammus.