The Grey Shrike-thrush Colluricincla harmonica.
I’ve often wondered about the origin of the generic name for this species. Its melodic and varied song no doubt lead to the specific epithet harmonica, but Colluricincla remained a mystery to me until today.
I came across a marvellous reference, the Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names by James Jobling, which revealed the answer.
The entry read “Colluricincla from syn. genus Collurio Rafinesque, 1815, shrike; Mod. L. cinclus thrush.” Furthermore “collurio Gr. kolluriŌn thrush-sized bird mentioned by Aristotle and Hesychius” and “cinclus Gr. kinklos small, tail-wagging, unidentified waterside bird mentioned by Aristotle, Aristophanes, Aelianus and other authors.”
This beautiful woodland songster has a distinguished lineage it seems!