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The Pnoepygidae are a small family resulting from the split-up of the Timaliidae assemblage. (Others include the Timaliidae, Pellorneidae, Leiothrichidae, and Vireonidae, and parts of the Zosteropidae and Sylviidae.) The names of the Pnoepygidae are ornithological in nature.
The current name, 鹪鹛 'wren-babbler', is modelled on the English ornithological name 'wren-babbler', which arose as a result of a later assignment of the genus to the Timaliidae (babblers). The Chinese name is a two-character compound of the type favoured in Chinese. It consists of:
2. 鹛 , a relatively new general term equivalent to English 'babbler'. The origin of 鹛 can be found in the well-known 画眉 'painted eyebrow' (Garrulax canorus, the Hwamei or Melodious Laughing-Thrush, now a member of the Leiothrichidae), where the second part of the name -- 眉 'eyebrow' -- was repurposed as a general name for the babblers. The character used to write this new word, 鹛 , is an interesting example of how new characters are created in Chinese: it combines 眉 'eyebrow' with the bird radical 鸟.
Interestingly, a second term for 'wren-babbler' was created by combining the second character in the word for 'wren', 鹩 , with 鹛 , giving 鹩鹛 . This is used for the genera Rimator (Pellorneidae), Spelaeornis, and Stachyris (both Timaliidae).
SCIENTIFIC & ENGLISH
|Pnoepyga immaculata||Nepal Wren Babbler||尼泊尔鹪鹛
nepāru sazai chime-dori
'Nepalese wren babbler-bird' (Internet)
Scaly-breasted wren babbler
Greater wren babbler
'scaly breasted wren-babbler' (1, 2, 3, 4, 36)
'large scaly-breasted wren-babbler' (5)
'large scaly wren-babbler' (alt in 5)
'white-bellied wren-babbler' (6)
hime sazai chime-dori
'princess wren babbler-bird'
|Chim Khướư đất đuôi cụt
'short-tailed ground-babbler (bird)' (12, 34)
Pygmy scaly-breasted wren babbler
Lesser wren babbler
Lesser Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler
'small scale-breasted wren-babbler'
'small scaly wren-babbler' (alt in 1, 5)
'small wren-babbler' (6, 7)
|Chim Khướư đất đuôi cụt Pigmi
'pygmy short-tailed ground-babbler (bird)' (12)
Бор bor as an adjective means either 'grey, brown, dun', or 'stubborn'. It is used in some bird names as a noun, including names for the nightjars, reed warblers, Reed Parrotbill, and leiothrix. The common thread is unclear, and the meaning likely differs according to the bird, with nightjars possibly being regarded as 'stubborn', and others as being 'small brownish birds'.
The word Шагшуурга shagshuurag has two main meanings in Mongolian: 'dew' or 'hoarfrost', and 'reed'. As a bird name, it is used in Шагшуурга бялзуухай shagshuurag byalzuukhai, which is the name of a kind of reed warbler and assigned to the genus Panurus in the most recent ornithological naming in Mongolia. In ornithological Inner Mongolian, it is used as a name for the babblers. The shortened form Шагшуур shagshuur is used for the bulbuls.
Originally classified as Pnoepyga pusilla, later reassigned to Pnoepyga albiventer.
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Danh Lục Các Loài Chim ở Việt Nam (Latinh, Việt, Pháp, Hán) Trần Văn Chánh 2008-2009
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