Genus CURSONIA

Oates's name Gypsophila being preoccupied, Cursonia is the next available and must be used in its place. The genus contains one species only which is in many ways one of the most aberrant birds in the Timaliidae In general appearance it is much like Pellorneum, differing from that genus in having a stronger bill with longer rictal bristles. The upper plumage is squamated, each feather being margined with black. Unlike nearly all the other members of the family, but like Gampsorhynchus, the adults in this genus differ from the young in becoming much more white on the head and lower plumage.
In spite of this peculiarity Oates appears to have properly placed it in the Timaliinae, in which I retain it. The wing and tail are about equal in length, the former being short and rounded. The feathers of the forehead are soft and the rictal bristles highly developed; the bill is straight and about as long as hind toe and claw together; the nostrils are exposed and without overhanging hairs.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.1 1922.
Title in Book: 
Genus CURSONIA
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1922
Page No: 
248
M_ID: 
24473
M_SN: 
Napothera
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
2672

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