Andean Goose / Oressochen melanopterus

Andean Goose / Oressochen melanopterus

Andean Goose

SCI Name:  Oressochen melanopterus
Protonym:  Anser melanopterus Monogr.Anatidae p.93
Taxonomy:  Anseriformes / Anatidae /
Taxonomy Code:  andgoo1
Type Locality:  Lake Titicaca.
Publish Year:  1838
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(syn. Chloephaga Ϯ Andean Goose C. melanoptera) Gr. ορεσσι- oressi-  mountain-  (i.e. Chilean Andes)  < ορος oros, ορεος oreos  mountain; χην khēn, χηνος khēnos  goose; "ORESSOCHEN, n. g.  Gen. Char. Bill very robust, light colored, lamellæ not projecting. Feet robust, light colored, hallux well developed. Plumage of sexes similar; colors simple.  Species Oressochen melanopterus, Gay.  Highland regions of Chili." (Bannister 1870); "Oressochen Bannister, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila., p. 131, 1870—type, by monotypy, Bernicla melanoptera Gay = Anser melanopterus Eyton." (Hellmayr & Conover 1948, XIII, 307).

Gr. μελανοπτερος melanopteros  black-winged  < μελας melas, μελανος  melanos  black; -πτερος -pteros  -winged  < πτερον pteron wing.
● ex “Blac” of Levaillant 1798, pl. 36 < blanc white (cf. Arabic ablaq pied black and white) (syn. Elanus caeruleus).
● ex “Petite Perruche de Batavia” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 791, fig. 1, “Perruche aux ailes variées” of de Buffon 1770-1785, “Petite Perruche de l’isle de Luçon” of Sonnerat 1776, and “Black-winged Parrakeet” of Brown 1776, and Latham 1781 (syn. Touit batavicus).