Black-faced Cotinga / Conioptilon mcilhennyi

Black-faced Cotinga / Conioptilon mcilhennyi

Black-faced Cotinga

SCI Name:  Conioptilon mcilhennyi
Protonym:  Conioptilon mcilhennyi Auk 83 p.3
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Cotingidae /
Taxonomy Code:  blfcot1
Type Locality:  Balta (10° 08'' S; 71° 13'' W), Rio Curanja, Loreto, Peru.
Publish Year:  1966
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(Cotingidae; Ϯ Black-faced Cotinga C. mcilhennyi) Gr. κονια konia  fine powder; πτιλον ptilon  down feather; "Conioptilon1 gen. nov.   Type-species. — Conioptilon mcilhennyi Lowery and O'Neill.   ...   1From κονια "a fine powder" and πτιλον "soft feathers or down under the true [i.e., contour] feathers," referring to the powderdown feathers abundantly present over much of the body.   ...   Conioptilon mcilhennyi sp. nov.  Black-faced Cotinga.   ...   In brief, we think that the very strong development of powderdown, the distinctive skull, the basically pycnaspidean tarsus, the drab color and lack of appreciable sexual dimorphism, the great wing-tail ratio, the absence of bare skin or plushlike feathers on the head and neck or any vestige of a crest, and the depressed bill all combine to merit for Conioptilon generic distinction. We further believe that Zaratornis, Doliornis, Ampelion, Carpornis, Carpodectes, Xipholena, Pipreola, and Tijuca are all valid genera and should be maintained.   ...   We take great pleasure in naming this new species for Mr. John S. McIlhenny of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who sponsored the Louisiana State University 1964-65 Peruvian Expedition and who has manifested unflagging interest in every aspect of our museum's program of research." (Lowery & O'Neill 1966); "Conioptilon Lowery and O'Neill, 1966, Auk, 83, p. 2.  Type, by monotypy, Conioptilon mcilhennyi Lowery and O'Neill." (Snow in Peters, 1979, VIII, p. 301).

● Edward Avery McIlhenny (1872-1949) US business magnate, naturalist, conservationist, explorer (syn. Asio flammeus).
● John Stauffer McIlhenny (1909-1997) US business magnate, research chemist, conservationist, philanthropist (Conioptilon).