Blue-winged Warbler / Vermivora cyanoptera

Blue-winged Warbler / Vermivora cyanoptera

Blue-winged Warbler

SCI Name:  Vermivora cyanoptera
Protonym:  Certhia cyanoptera WilsonJ.Orn. 121 p.620
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Parulidae /
Taxonomy Code:  buwwar
Type Locality:  
Publish Year:  2009
IUCN Status:  


(Parulidae; Ϯ Blue-winged Warbler V. cyanoptera) L. vermis  worm;
-vorus  -eating  < vorare  to devour; "haunts thickets and shrubberies, searching the branches for insects; is fond of visiting gardens, orchards, and willow trees, of gleaning among blossoms, and currant bushes" (Wilson 1810); "G.  VERMIVORA.  Wilson. Swains. in Zool. Journ. No. 10.   43. Vermivora solitaria. Wilson ii. pl. 15. f.4." (Swainson 1827); "Vermivora Swainson, 1827, Philos. Mag., new ser., 1, p. 434. Type, by monotypy, Sylvia solitaria Wilson = Certhia pinus Linnaeus." (Lowery & Monroe in Peters 1968, XIV, 4); "Linnaeus (1766) proposed Certhia pinus based on two different entities, the Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora pinus) and the Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus).  The confusion was noted by Wilson (1808-1814) who restricted Latham's (1790) Sylvia pinus, based on C. pinus, to the Pine Warbler (in 1811) and proposed, as a new species (in 1810), S. solitaria, for the Blue-winged Warbler.  Wilson's effective lectotypification, long ignored, following which Bonaparte (1824) unequivocally restricted C. pinus to the Pine Warbler, has resulted in misapplication of C. pinus.  The correct name of the Pine Warbler should be Dendroica pinus (Linnaeus) and not D. pinus (Wilson) as in modern lists.  Wilson's Sylvia solitaria is unfortunately preoccupied by Sylvia solitaria Lewin 1808 (= Origma solitaria, the Rockwarbler of Australia).  A new scientific name [cyanoptera] is provided here for the Blue-winged Warbler because no other is available." (Olson & Reveal 2009).
Synon. Helminthophaga, Helminthophila.

vermivora / vermivorum / vermivorus
L. vermis  worm; -vorus  -eating  < vorare  to devour.
● ex “Contramaestre coronado” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 153 (syn. Basileuterus auricapillus).
● ex “Ficedula pensilvanica” of Brisson 1760, “Worm-eater” of Edwards 1760, Latham 1783, and Pennant 1785, and “Demi-fin mangeur de vers” of de Buffon 1770-1783 (Helmitheros).

Gr. κυανοπτερος kuanopteros dark-winged, blue-winged < κυανος kuanos dark-blue; -πτερος -pteros -winged < πτερον pteron wing.
● ex “Pato alas azules” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 434 (Spatula).
● ex “Lindo saihobí” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 92 (Tangara).