Marsh Babbler / Pellorneum palustre

Marsh Babbler / Pellorneum palustre

Marsh Babbler

SCI Name:  Pellorneum palustre
Protonym:  Pellorneum palustre BirdsAsia[Gould] 3 pt24 pl.65,text
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Pellorneidae /
Taxonomy Code:  marbab2
Type Locality:  Cachar, Assam.
Publish Year:  1872
IUCN Status:  


(Pellorneidae; Ϯ Puff-throated Babbler P. ruficeps) Gr. πελλος pellos  dark-coloured, dusky; ορνεον orneon  bird  < ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "Genus, PELLORNEUM*.   ...   Bill moderate, straight, somewhat conic; the tip notched.  Gonys ascending.  Frontal feathers small, rigid, directed forward.  Rictus bristled.  Wings very short, much rounded.  Tail moderate, graduated.  Tarsus and middle toe of equal length; lateral toes much shorter, equal.  Anterior claws very small, and but slightly curved.  Hinder toe shorter than the middle.  Anterior scales scarcely divided.   Type.—Pellorneum ruficeps, above brown, beneath fulvous white, striped with brown; chin white immaculate; front and crown rufous.  Inhabits India. MUS. NOST.   OBS.—This genus represents, or rather passes into Phyllastrephus; thus connecting the Crateropodinæ and the Brachypodinæ. From the former it is distinguished by its more slender thrush-like feet, its small slightly curved claws, &c. The general appearance of the only species I have yet seen, and which is from India, is that of a small thrush, but resembling a Timalia.   ...   *Th. πελλος fuscus, et ορνεον avis." (Swainson 1831).
Var. Pelorneum, Pellornium.
Synon. Bessethera, Cinclidia, Drymocataphus, Scotocichla.

paluster / palustrae / palustre / palustris
L. paluster, palustris  marshy  < palus, paludis  swamp, marsh.
● ex “Parus palustris” of Gessner 1555, Aldrovandus 1599, and Willughby 1676, “Marsh-Titmouse” or “Black-Cap” of Ray 1713, “Black Cap” of Albin 1738, and “Parus capite nigro, temporibus albis, dorso cinereo” of Linnaeus 1746 (Poecile).
● ex “Tordo guirahuró” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 64 (syn. Pseudoleistes guirahuro).
● ex “Hirondelle de Marais” or “Brunette” of Levaillant 1807, pl. 246, fig. 2 (syn. Riparia paludicola).