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TELOPHORUS

(Malaconotidae; Ϯ Bokmakierie T. zeylonus) No etymology given. This name may reflect the colorful plumage of the Bokmakierie (Gr. τελος telos  perfect; -φορος
-phoros  bearing  < φορεω phoreō  to carry). Swainson subsequently used Telophonus (Gr. τελος telos  perfect; φωνη phōnē  voice), given in allusion to the unusual duetting song of this bush-shrike; "Genus, TELOPHORUS.  Rostrum sub-elongatum, sed capite brevius; culmine gradatim arcuato; vibrissæ mastacales paucæ, debiles. Pedes validi; tarsi elevati; digiti laterales æquales; ungues graciles, acutissimi. Alæ rotundatæ. Cauda gradata. Colores vividi.  Type.— Telophorus collaris, SWAINS.  La Backbakiri, LE VAILL. Ois. de l'Afr., ii., pl. 67." (Swainson 1832); "Telophorus Swainson, 1831, in Swainson and Richardson, Fauna Bor.-Amer., pt. 2, p. 481. Type, by monotypy, Telophorus collaris Swainson = Turdus zeylonus Linnaeus." (Rand in Peters 1960, IX, 333).
Var. Telephorus, Telephonus, TlephonusTelophonus.
Synon. Pelicinius.