Blue-bearded Bee-eater / Nyctyornis athertoni

Blue-bearded Bee-eater / Nyctyornis athertoni

Blue-bearded Bee-eater

SCI Name:  Nyctyornis athertoni
Protonym:  Merops athertoni Ill.Orn. 2 pl.58,text
Category:  Coraciiformes / Meropidae /
Taxonomy Code:  bbbeat1
Type Locality:  India = near Bangalore.
Author:  
Publish Year:  1828
IUCN Status:  

DEFINITIONS

NYCTYORNIS
(Meropidae; Ϯ Red-bearded Bee-eater N. amicta) Gr. νυκτι- nukti-  night  < νυξ nux, νυκτος nuktos  night; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "MEROPS ATHERTONI, (NOBIS).  Azure-throated Bee-eater  ...  According to his [Lt. J. Atherton's] notes which accompanied the bird, it is stated to be very scarce and rare, inhabiting the thickest jungles in the interior of India, and feeding by night, at which time it is very noisy, repeating frequently the short cry of curr, curr.  ...  ADDENDA.  ...  MEROPS ATHERTONI, PLATE 58.  Mr. SWAINSON has constituted this, with the M. Amictus of TEMMINCK, into a genus, under the title of Nytcyornis.  ...  It is placed by him among the Scansores, at the extremity of the Fissirostres, adjoining to PrionitesNYCTYORNIS, Swain." (Jardine & Selby 1830); "Its genuine name, however, appears founded on erroneous information, as it feeds during the day, and the note of the Bucco viridis, seems to have been mistaken for that of this bird, which has a loud rolling warble" (Jerdon 1845); "Nyctyornis Swainson MS.1 Jardine and Selby, Illustr. Orn., 2, 1830. Addenda, sign. D 2. Type, by diagnosis, Merops amictus Temminck.  ...  1 Not preoccupied by Nyctornis Nitzsch, 1829 (Caprimulgidae)." (Peters 1945, V, 238).
Var. Nycthiornis.
Synon. Alcemerops, Bucia, Napophila, Nyctinomus.

athertoni
● Atherton, northern Queensland, Australia (syn. Heteromyias cinereifrons).
● Lt. J. Atherton (1797-1827) British Army in India, naturalist (Nyctyornis).

SUBSPECIES

Blue-bearded Bee-eater (athertoni)
SCI Name: Nyctyornis athertoni athertoni
athertoni
● Atherton, northern Queensland, Australia (syn. Heteromyias cinereifrons).
● Lt. J. Atherton (1797-1827) British Army in India, naturalist (Nyctyornis).

Blue-bearded Bee-eater (brevicaudatus)
SCI Name: Nyctyornis athertoni brevicaudatus
brevicaudata / brevicaudatus
L. brevis  short; caudatus  tailed  < cauda  tail.