; class Aves, order Passeriformes)
A monospecific family (Salpornis spilonotus), which is a small, white-spotted, brown bird, with a long, slender, decurved bill. It is often placed in the family Certhiidae, but differs in that its tail is rounded and lacks stiff feather shafts. It inhabits woodland and bush, feeds on insects which it locates by climbing up and down tree trunks, and nests on a branch. It is found in Africa and Asia.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.