The Key to Scientific Names

Edited by James A. Jobling
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Nesocichla

(Turdidae; syn. Turdus  Tristan Thrush T. eremita) Gr. νησος nēsos  island (= Tristan da Cunha); κιχλη kikhlē  thrush; "Genus NESOCICHLA.  Bill strong, more powerful than in the genus Turdus; gonys nearly straight, with a small notch near the tip in the upper mandible; culmen gradually descending from the base; nostrils seated in an oval depression at the base of the upper mandible; wings short, somewhat concave; first primary very small; the third, fourth and fifth equal and the longest; tail rather shorter than in Turdus, and the feathers rather pointed; tarsi very strong, toes strong and much lengthened, particularly the hinder one; front of the tarsi scutellated; under part entire.  This form differs from all others in the great family of the Thrushes, and appears to partake of the characters of the genera Turdus, Chamæza, and Oreocincla.   NESOCICHLA EREMITA.   ...   Hab. The island of Tristan d'Acunha.   Remark.—This bird is about the size of the common Song-thrush, Turdus musicus, and similar to it in appearance; on examination, however, it will be found to differ very considerably in structure." (Gould 1855); "Nesocichla Gould, 1855, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, p. 165.  Type, by monotypy, Nesocichla eremita Gould." (Ripley in Peters, 1964, X, p. 162).


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