Akikiki / Oreomystis bairdi

Akikiki / Oreomystis bairdi


SCI Name:  Oreomystis bairdi
Protonym:  Oreomyza bairdi Proc.U.S.Natl.Mus. 10 p.99
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Fringillidae /
Taxonomy Code:  akikik
Type Locality:  Kauai.
Publish Year:  1887
IUCN Status:  


(Fringillidae; Ϯ Akikiki O. bairdi) Gr. ορος oros, ορεος oreos  mountain; μυστις mustis, μυστιδος mustidos  female initiate  < μυστης mustēs  initiate  < μυεω mueō  to initiate into the mysteries  < μυω muō  to shut the eyes; "In 1887 I established the genus Oreomyza for a Hawaiian bird then described for the first time, viz. Oreomyza bairdi. It now appears that in the same year Pokorny gave the identical name to a genus of Tipulid insects. Fortunately it is possible to settle beyond a doubt the question which of the two has priority, since Pokorny's name was published on February 28 and mine not until July 2, thus:  Oreomyza Pokorny, Wiener Entomol. Zeitung, 1887, Feb. 28, p. 50.   Oreomyza Stejneger, Proc. U. S. Nat. Mus., 1887, July 2, p. 98.    The latter, therefore, must give way, and in order to cause as little change as possible I propose to substitute the word Oreomystis for the bird genus." (Stejneger 1903).
Var. Oreomystes.
Synon. Oreomyza.

bairdi / bairdii
● Spencer Fullerton Baird (1823-1887) US ornithologist, collector, Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (Acanthidops, syn. Buteo swainsoni, Calidris, syn. Calidris melanotos, ‡Campephilus, syn. Coccyzus americanus, syn. Coccyzus euleri, syn. Coereba flaveola bahamensis, syn. Dryobates pubescens, syn. Dryobates scalaris, subsp. Empidonax affinis, Geothlypis, ‡subsp. Icterus leucopteryx, Junco, subsp. Melanerpes formicivorus, syn. Myioborus melanocephalus ruficoronatus, Myiodynastes, Oreomystis, Passerculus, syn. Phalacrocorax pelagicus resplendens, syn. Polioptila albiloris, Prinia, subsp. Sialia mexicana, syn. Sterna paradisaea, syn. Thryomanes bewickii mexicanus, Trogon, Vireo).
● Dr Robert F. Baird (fl. 1996) Australian palaeontologist (‡Centropus).