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The agoutis of the genus Dasyprocta are locally known as "cutias". See also Hutia, where the name for these mammals originated.
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Cutia nipalensis in Bhutan
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Superfamily: Sylvioidea
Family: Leiothrichidae
Genus: Cutia
Hodgson, 1837

Cutia legalleni
Cutia nipalensis

The cutias are the bird genus Cutia in the family Leiothrichidae. These birds are found in montane forests of continental South and Southeast Asia.[1] The name is derived from the Nepali name khatya or khutya for the type species, the Himalayan Cutia (C. nipalensis).[2] The cutias are related to the alcippes and the laughingthrushes.

For long, the genus was held to be monotypic, containing only a single species C. nipalensis. This has more recently been split in two, however:


  1. ^ Collar & Robson (2007)
  2. ^ Pittie (2004)


  • Collar, N.J. & Robson, Craig (2007): Family Timaliidae (Babblers). In: del Hoyo, Josep; Elliott, Andrew & Christie, D.A. (eds.): Handbook of Birds of the World, Volume 12 (Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees): 70-291. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
  • Pittie, Aasheesh (2004): A dictionary of scientific bird names originating from the Indian region. Buceros: ENVIS Newsletter Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 9(2): 1-30. PDF fulltext

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