Malia Grata Bird

Malia Grata Bird

Malia Grata Bird

English Name:  Malia
Latin Name:  Malia grata
Protonym:  Malia grata NotesLeydenMus. 2 p.165
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Locustellidae / Malia
Taxonomy Code:  malia1
Type Locality:  Makassar District, Celebes.
Author:  Schlegel
Publish Year:  1880
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


(Locustellidae; Ϯ Malia M. grata) Contraction from genus Timalia Horsfield, 1821, babbler; "ON AN UNDESCRIBED BIRD OF THE TIMALIA-GROUP    MALIA GRATA.  ...  A single skin of this bird was contained in a large collection of birds, made, in 1877, during an expedition to Macassar and the neighbouring isle of Saleyer, under the leading of the well known botanical traveller, Mr. Teysman.  The bird in question belongs evidently to the group of the Timaliae, strongly characterized like the whole tribe of Formicivorae to which it belongs by the vaulded form of the tail, a characteristic which is found back in the owls in a most remarkable way.  In vain have I tried to find for the apparently unknown species a place in one of the numerous genera established in favor of the Timalia-group. It deviates from all of them in its general appearance, by its coloring, and by other modifications in the bill, wings and legs.  It will be seen from the following measures, that the Malia grata is a species of a very considerable size, that the wings are remarkably short, with the secondaries almost as long as the primaries, that tibia and tarsus are much elongated, that the hind-toes is long, that all the toes are provided with vigorous claws, and that the bill is only moderately developed." (Schlegel 1880); "Malia Schlegel, 1880, Notes Leyden Mus., 2, p. 165. Type, by monotypy, Malia grata Schlegel." (Deignan in Peters 1964, X, 427). 

L. gratus  pleasing, agreeable, welcome.


Malia (recondita)
Latin Name: Malia grata recondita
recondita / reconditus
L. reconditus concealed, mysterious < recondere to put away.

Malia (stresemanni)
Latin Name: Malia grata stresemanni
Prof. Erwin Friedrich Theodor Stresemann (1889-1972) German ornithologist, explorer, collector (subsp. Accipiter fasciatus, syn. Alisterus chloropterus callopterus, subsp. Aviceda subcristata, syn. Cacomantis variolosus aeruginosus, subsp. Certhia brachydactyla, subsp. Cincloramphus macrurus, subsp. Collocalia esculenta, Cyornis, subsp. Dendrocopos major, syn. Dendropicos fuscescens centralis, subsp. Dicaeum trochileum, subsp. Emberiza schoeniclus, syn. Epimachus fastuosus atratus, syn. Geoffroyus geoffroyi rhodops, subsp. Heleia squamiceps, syn. Hemiprocne comata, syn. Hemispingus melanotis, subsp. Horornis flavolivaceus, Hylexetastes, subsp. Hypsipetes leucocephalus, subsp. Lanius schach, syn. Locustella davidi, subsp. Malia grata, subsp. Melidectes rufocrissalis, subsp. Melilestes megarhynchus, Merulaxis, subsp. Micropsitta pusio, subsp. Mirafra africana, syn. Myiodynastes maculatus, subsp. Nisaetus nanus, subsp. Oriolus chinensis, syn. Otocompsa sinensis, syn. Otus spilocephalus vandewateri, syn. Pachycephala phaionota, subsp. Phylloscopus castaniceps, syn. Picus canus kogo, syn. Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax brachypus, syn. Scleroptila levaillantoides, syn. Sericornis nouhuysi pontifex, subsp. Sinosuthora alphonsiana, subsp. Stactolaema whytii, subsp. Todiramphus chloris, subsp. Trichoglossus forsteni, syn. Troglodytes troglodytes cypriotes, subsp. Turdus poliocephalus, Zaratornis, Zavattariornis, Zosterops).

Malia (grata)
Latin Name: Malia grata grata
L. gratus  pleasing, agreeable, welcome.