Brown Cuckoo-Dove / Macropygia phasianella

Brown Cuckoo-Dove / Macropygia phasianella

Brown Cuckoo-Dove

SCI Name:  Macropygia phasianella
Protonym:  Columba phasianella Trans.Linn.Soc.London(1), 13 p.129
Taxonomy:  Columbiformes / Columbidae /
Taxonomy Code:  brcdov1
Type Locality:  Near Port Jackson, New South Wales.
Publish Year:  1821
IUCN Status:  


(Columbidae; Ϯ Philippine Cuckoo Dove M. tenuirostris) Gr. μακρος makros  deep; -πυγιος -pugios  -rumped  < πυγη pugē  rump; "Macropygia, Sw.   Wings moderate, rounded; the first and second quills graduated, and much shorter than the third.  Tail long, graduated; the feathers very broad and obtuse. The rump feathers very thick set.  Bill short: the gonys angulated.  Tarsus plumed.  Hinder toe longer than the tarsus.   M. phasianella. Pl. Col. 100.   Reinwardii. Ib. 248.   infuscata. Lich. (Brazil.)" (Swainson 1837); "Macropygia Swainson, Classif. Bds., 2, 1837, p. 348. Type, by subsequent designation, Columba phasianella Temminck, 1824, pl. col. 100. (not Columba phasianella Temminck 1821)  = Macropygia tenuirostris Bonaparte (Salvadori, Orn. Pap. e Mol., 3, 1882, p. 132)....  1 Gray mentions two species in 1840 and again in 1841 without designating a type; in 1855 he designates amboinensis which was not one of the originally included species. Strangely enough neither Bonaparte nor Reichenbach actually designated a type." (Peters 1937, III, 75).
Var. Hacropygia.
Synon. Coccyzura, Tusalia.

phasianella / phasianellus
Mod. L. phasianellus  little pheasant  < dim. L. phasianus  pheasant  < Gr. φασιανος phasianos  pheasant.
● “Corpus Penelopi simile, gracile  ...  cauda elongata, inaequalis” (von Spix 1824) (Dromococcyx).
● “Cette Colombe, caracterisée par la forme de sa queue longue et cuneiforme  ...  queue très longue et très conique” (Temminck 1821) (Macropygia).
● “Long-tail’d Grous from Hudson’s-Bay  ...  This bird was brought by Mr. Isham from Hudson’s Bay, where it is called a Pheasant; its long tail and colour agreeing very well with our hen Pheasant” (Edwards 1750); "91. TETRAO.  ...  Phasianellus.  5. T. pedibus hirsutis, cauda cuneiformi, rectricibus tribus lateralibus albis.  Urogallus minor, cauda longiore. Edw. av. 117. t. 117.  Habitat in Canada." (Linnaeus 1758) (Pedioecetes).