Ground-rollers (Brachypteraciidae)

Scaly Ground-roller (Brachypteracias squamiger) - HBW 6, p. 387

French: Brachyptérolle écaillé German: Schuppenerdracke Spanish: Carraca-terrestre Escamosa
Other common names: Scaled Ground-roller

Taxonomy: Brachypteracias squamigera Lafresnaye, 1838, Madagascar.
Sometimes placed in a separate genus Geobiastes. Species name often erroneously listed as squamigera, as in original description; however, genus name had initially been established (by same author) in combination with the taxa B. leptosomus and B. (= Atelornis) pittoides, using etymology “Coracias brachypterus”, and is thus necessarily masculine, requiring agreement in gender of this species name. Monotypic.

Distribution: E half of Madagascar, from Marojejy National Park in N to Andohahela National Park in S.