Bare-cheeked Trogon / Apaloderma aequatoriale

Bare-cheeked Trogon / Apaloderma aequatoriale

Bare-cheeked Trogon

SCI Name:  Apaloderma aequatoriale
Protonym:  Hapaloderma aequatoriale Bull.Br.Orn.Club 12 p.3
Taxonomy:  Trogoniformes / Trogonidae /
Taxonomy Code:  bactro1
Type Locality:  Efulen, Cameroon.
Publish Year:  1901
IUCN Status:  


(Trogonidae; Ϯ Narina Trogon A. narina) Gr. ἁπαλος hapalos  delicate; δερμα derma, δερματος dermatos  skin; "A possible defense against predators is the very easy detachment of feathers from the thin skin, a feature repeatedly referred to by museum collectors when recounting difficulties in preparing specimens." (Forshaw & Gilbert 2009); "SUB-GENERA.   ...   4. Bill with obscure serratures: tarsi naked, covered with scales; the two anterior toes divided nearly to their base.  (Type, Trogon Narina).  Africa.   APALODERMA. Sw." (Swainson 1833); "Apaloderma, Sw.  Bill as in Trogon, but the dentations almost obsolete. Feet stronger. The two anterior toes cleft to their base.  Africa.  The tenuirostral type.  A. Narina. Ois. d'Af. 228.  Reinwardii. Pl. Col. 124.*   ...   * Neither MM. Temminck nor Gould mention any thing of the form of the feet; I am, therefore, doubtful if this is its true situation." (Swainson 1837); "Apaloderma Swainson, Classif. Bds. ii, p. 337, 1837.  Type by subsequent designation (Gray, List Gen. Bds. 1st ed. p. 10, 1840), Trogon narina Vieill. = T. narina Steph." (W. Sclater, 1924, Syst. Av. Aethiop., I, p. 268).
Var. Hapaloderma, Apoladerma.
Synon. Heterotrogon, Paratrogon.

aequatoriale / aequatorialis
Late L. aequatorialis  equatorial  < aequator  equator  < L. aequare  to make equal  < aequus  equal. Frequently given to species with a distribution in the equatorial latitudes of Africa (e.g. subsp. Jynx ruficollis, Sheppardia), but more commonly applied to birds from Ecuador (Spanish ecuador  equator) (e.g. Momotus, Thamnistes, Xiphorhynchus).
● Erroneous TL. Guayaquil (= Panama City) (subsp. Dendroica petechia).
Erroneous TL. Guayaquil (= interior of Ecuador) (subsp. Falco sparverius).
● Erroneous TL. Ecuador (= Bahia, Brazil) (syn. Heliothryx aurita auriculata).
● Erroneous TL. Bogotá (= San Lucas, Ecuador) (subsp. Rallus limicola).