Black Hornbill / Anthracoceros malayanus

Black Hornbill / Anthracoceros malayanus

Black Hornbill

SCI Name:  Anthracoceros malayanus
Protonym:  Buceros malayanus Trans.Linn.Soc.London(1), 13 p.292
Taxonomy:  Bucerotiformes / Bucerotidae /
Taxonomy Code:  blahor1
Type Locality:  Malacca.
Publish Year:  1822
IUCN Status:  


(Bucerotidae; Malabar Pied Hornbill A. coronatus) Gr. ανθραξ anthrax, ανθρακος anthrakos  coal black; κερας keras, κερως kerōs   horn.  Although the Malabar Pied Hornbill was selected as type species, plate XLIX of Reichenbach 1849 clearly shows the black casque markings of a Sunda Pied Hornbill A. albirostris convexus; however, Steven Gregory in litt., has pointed out that Reichenbach's plates are considered "generic details" only, and that the specific identification of the bird illustrated is not germane to the application of ICZN art. 69.3, Type species by subsequent monotypy; "Anthracoceros Reichenbach, Av. Syst. Nat. [1849], pl. XLIX. No species; generic details only. Type, by subsequent designation, Buceros malabaricus Gmelin. (Elliot, Monogr. Bucerot., pt. 10, 1882, p. xvi [= intro., p. xvi of volume]). Not Anthracocera Agassiz, 1846, Lepidoptera." (Peters, 1945, V, 266); "ANTHRACOCEROS Reichenbach, 1849  M—Buceros monoceros Shaw, 1811; type by subsequent monotypy (G. R. Gray, 1855, Cat. of the Genera and Subgenera of Birds, p. 83). = Buceros coronatus Boddaert, 1783" (Dickinson and Remsen (eds.), H. & M. Complete Checklist, 4th ed., 2013, 1 (Non-passerines), p. 284).
Synon. Gymnolaemus, Hydrocissa, Limonophalus, Pelecyrhynchus.

malaya / malayana / malayanus / malayensis
Malaya  < Malay Melayu  Malays  < Melaka  Malacca (a powerful mediaeval sultanate). In ornithology the name can refer either to the Malay Peninsula or the Malay Archipelago (also known as the Indian Archipelago, Malaysia or the East Indies).