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LEPTOSOMUS

(Leptosomatidae; Ϯ Cuckoo-roller L. discolor) Gr. λεπτος leptos  delicate; σωμα sōma, σωματος sōmatos  body; the Cuckoo-roller has a pair of powder-down patches, one on either side of the rump, which impart a delicate greyish bloom to the plumage; "VOUROUDRIOU, Leptosomus.  Cuculus, Lin. Gm. Lath.  Bec plus long que la tête, comprimé par les côtés, un peu trigone, rétréci en dessus, échancré et crochu à la pointe.  Esp. Vouroudriou de Madagascar, Buff." (Vieillot 1816); "Leptosomus Vieillot, Analyse, 1816, p. 28. Type, by monotypy, Vouroudriou de Madagascar of Buffon = Cuculus discolor Hermann." (Peters 1945, V, 239). 
Var. Leptosoma, Leptosomatos.
Synon. Cromba, Crombus, Vourougdriou.

leptosomus

Gr. λεπτος leptos  delicate; σωμα sōma, σωματος sōmatos  body.
● Lesson 1833, observed that the “Rolle Courol” or Short-legged Ground-roller, with its thick, lax plumage and downy underparts, closely resembled the Cuckoo-roller Leptosomus or "Courol" (Brachypteracias).