Protonym: Amblyornis subalaris J.Linn.Soc.LondonZool. 17 p.408
Category: Passeriformes / Ptilonorhynchidae / Amblyornis
Taxonomy Code: strbow1
Type Locality: Astrolabe Mountains, British New Guinea.
Publish Year: 1884
IUCN Status: Least Concern
(Ptilonorhynchidae; Ϯ Vogelkop Bowerbird A. inornata) Gr. αμβλυοεις ambluoeis dull < αμβλυς amblus dull < αμβλυνω amblunō to blunt; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos bird; "The other species to which I referred above as having been described by Prof. Schlegel in the same paper, was placed by him in the genus Ptilonorhynchus, and named P. inornatus. It, however, differs greatly from the P. violaceus (holosericeus auct.), the only species now representing that genus, in wanting the feathers projecting over the bill and hiding the nostril (one of the principal characters of Ptilonorhynchus), and also in having a very different structure of feather. The sexes, according to Von Rosenberg, are the same in the colour of their plumage, while those of P. violaceus are widely different. I have therefore regarded it as representing a new generic form, which I propose to call AMBLYORNIS, with the following characters — Bill short, thick, culmen much curved, gonys nearly straight; nostrils partly hidden by the feathers of the forehead, which are soft and flexible. A few short bristles project forwards over the culmen and nostrils, which last are round, open, and partly exposed. Wings moderate, fourth primary longest. Tail very slightly rounded, composed of ten feathers. Toes slender, middle one nearly as long as the tarsus, outer longer than the inner one. The only species known is AMBLYORNIS INORNATA. Ptilonorhynchus inornatus, Schleg., Tijdsch. v. d. Dierk. pt. v. p. 51 (1871)." (Elliot 1872); "Ambylornis Elliot, Ibis, 1872, p. 113. Type (by monotypy): Ptilorhynchus [sic] inornatus Schl." (Mathews, 1930, Syst. Av. Austral., II, p. 886).
L. subalaris under the arms < sub underneath; ala armpit, wing (cf. Late L. subalaris under the wings, under-wing).
● “allied to B[radornis]. pallidus Müll., but is smaller, darker, and above all distinguished by its dark fawn-coloured under wing-coverts” (Sharpe 1874) (subsp. Agricola pallidus).
UPPERCASE: current genus
Uppercase first letter: generic synonym
● and ● See: generic homonyms
lowercase: species and subspecies
●: early names, variants, mispellings
†: type species
Gr.: ancient Greek
<: derived from
syn: synonym of
/: separates historical and modern geographic names
ex: based on
TL: type locality
OD: original diagnosis (genus) or original description (species)