Grandala / Grandala coelicolor

Grandala / Grandala coelicolor


SCI Name:  Grandala coelicolor
Protonym:  Gr.(andala) côelicolar J.Asiat.Soc.Bengal 12 p.447
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Turdidae /
Taxonomy Code:  granda1
Type Locality:  Nepal.
Publish Year:  1843
IUCN Status:  


(Turdidae; Ϯ Grandala G. coelicolor) L. grandis  large; ala  wing; “1. Merulinæ.  Grandala, Mihi (new).  Bill medial, slender, straight, Phœnicuran, but the base rather more depressed and more excided by the nareal fosse and gular flap.  Nares oval, lateral, free, placed at the fore-end of a largish fosse, and shaded above by a small process of its membrane. Gape smooth.  Wings very ample and firm: the first quill bastard, second longest; tertials hardly above half the length of the primaries.  Legs and feet simple, ambulatory, slender and delicate in all their proportions.  Tail medial, firm, forked.   Type. Gr. côelicolar (new).   ...   Remark: a singular bird, having the general structure of a Thrush, but with the wings vastly augmented in size, and the bill of a Sylvian.  Analogous to Grallinæ?” (Hodgson 1843); "Grandala Hodgson, 1843, Journ. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 12, p. 447.  Type, by monotypy, Grandala côelicolor Hodgson." (Ripley in Peters, 1964, X, p. 82).    
Var. Graudala.

L. coelum or caelum  sky, heaven; color, coloris  colour (cf. Late L. caelicola  angel).