Blue-faced Honeyeater / Entomyzon cyanotis

Blue-faced Honeyeater / Entomyzon cyanotis

Blue-faced Honeyeater

SCI Name:  Entomyzon cyanotis
Protonym:  Gracula cyanotis Suppl.ind.orn. p.xxix
Category:  Passeriformes / Meliphagidae /
Taxonomy Code:  blfhon1
Type Locality:  Nova Hollandia [= Sydney, New South Wales, cf. Stresemann, 1951, Emu, 50, p. 68].
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Publish Year:  1801
IUCN Status:  

DEFINITIONS

ENTOMYZON
(Meliphagidae; Ϯ Blue-faced Honeyeater E. cyanotis) Gr. εντομα entoma  insects  < εντομη entomē  notch; Mod. L. myza  honeyeater  < μυζαω muzaō  to suck; "BLUE-CHEEKED HONEYSUCKER  ...  This bird is fond of pecking traverse holes in the bark, between which and the wood it inserts its long tongue in search of small insects, drawing them out with great dexterity" (Lewin 1808) (pace Higgins et al. 2001: "Entomyzon is from Greek εντομη, a notch, an incision, and Modern Latin myzon, a honeyeater, with reference to the large oval nostrils placed in the middle of the bill”); “The Australasian Meliphagidæ, with the exception of one type,* derive their principal sustenance, as it is well known, from the nectar of flowers  ...  * Entomyzon, (Mihi). The blue-faced Grakle of Latham, whose filamentous tongue is used for extracting small insects from between the broken bark on the stems of trees; which are climbed by this bird somewhat in the same manner as a Woodpecker.  See Lewin's Birds of New Holland.  A more beautiful connection between the Scansores and the Tenuirostres could hardly be imagined.” (Swainson 1825); "Entomyzon Swainson, 1825, Zool. Journ., 1, p. 480. Type, by original designation [= by monotypy], "Blue-faced Grackle of Latham" = Gracula cyanotis Latham." (Salomonsen in Peters, 1967, XII, p. 399).   
Var. EntomisaEntomiza, Entomizon, Entomyza.

cyanotis / cyanotos
Gr. κυανος kuanos dark-blue; -ωτις -ōtis -eared < ους ous, ωτος ōtos ear.
● ex “Grand Grimpar” of Levaillant 1807 (?syn. Xiphocolaptes albicollis).

Cyanotis
(Tyrannidae; syn. Tachuris Many-coloured Rush Tyrant T. rubrigastra) Gr. κυανος kuanos  dark-blue; -ωτις -ōtis  -eared  < ους ous, ωτος ōtos  ear; "Cyanotis, Sw.  Habit of Regulus.  Wings slightly rounded; the first and second quill very little shorter than tht third.  Tail rounded, obtuse.  Feet uncommonly large and slender.  Inner toe much shorter than the outer.  Claws very long, and but slightly curved.   Brazil.   R. omnicolor. Vieil.   ...  This seems the tropical representation of Regulus: it is at once known by its disproportionately long toes and claws. It is the Reg. Byronensis of Griff. Cuv." (Swainson 1837); "Cyanotis Swainson, 1837, Nat. Hist. Classification Birds, II, p. 243.  Type, by monotypy, Regulus omnicolor Vieillot, 1824 = Sylvia rubrigastra Vieillot, 1817." (JAJ 2021).

SUBSPECIES

Blue-faced Honeyeater (White-quilled)
SCI Name: Entomyzon cyanotis albipennis
albipennis
L. albus white; pennis wings, -winged < penna feather.

Blue-faced Honeyeater (Blue-faced)
SCI Name: Entomyzon cyanotis [cyanotis Group]
ENTOMYZON
(Meliphagidae; Ϯ Blue-faced Honeyeater E. cyanotis) Gr. εντομα entoma  insects  < εντομη entomē  notch; Mod. L. myza  honeyeater  < μυζαω muzaō  to suck; "BLUE-CHEEKED HONEYSUCKER  ...  This bird is fond of pecking traverse holes in the bark, between which and the wood it inserts its long tongue in search of small insects, drawing them out with great dexterity" (Lewin 1808) (pace Higgins et al. 2001: "Entomyzon is from Greek εντομη, a notch, an incision, and Modern Latin myzon, a honeyeater, with reference to the large oval nostrils placed in the middle of the bill”); “The Australasian Meliphagidæ, with the exception of one type,* derive their principal sustenance, as it is well known, from the nectar of flowers  ...  * Entomyzon, (Mihi). The blue-faced Grakle of Latham, whose filamentous tongue is used for extracting small insects from between the broken bark on the stems of trees; which are climbed by this bird somewhat in the same manner as a Woodpecker.  See Lewin's Birds of New Holland.  A more beautiful connection between the Scansores and the Tenuirostres could hardly be imagined.” (Swainson 1825); "Entomyzon Swainson, 1825, Zool. Journ., 1, p. 480. Type, by original designation [= by monotypy], "Blue-faced Grackle of Latham" = Gracula cyanotis Latham." (Salomonsen in Peters, 1967, XII, p. 399).   
Var. EntomisaEntomiza, Entomizon, Entomyza.