Chatham Islands Snipe / Coenocorypha pusilla

Chatham Islands Snipe / Coenocorypha pusilla

Chatham Islands Snipe

SCI Name:  Coenocorypha pusilla
Protonym:  Gallinago pusilla Ibis p.41
Taxonomy:  Charadriiformes / Scolopacidae /
Taxonomy Code:  chisni1
Type Locality:  Small rocky islet off Chatham Island.
Publish Year:  1869
IUCN Status:  


(Scolopacidae; Ϯ Auckland Snipe C. aucklandica) Gr. κοινωσις koinōsis  mingling  < κοινοω  koinoō  to share; κορυφη koruphē  crown of the head; "Top of the head rufous, mixed with dark brown, with a narrow fulvous line down the middle" (G. Gray 1845); "CŒNOCORYPHA, G. R. Gr. 1854.  (Gallinago Aucklandicus, G. R. Gr.)" (G. Gray 1855); "Cœnocorypha Gray, Cat. Gen. Subgen. Birds, before April 18th, 1855, p. 119.  Type (by original designation): Gallinago aucklandica Gray." (Mathews, 1927, Syst. Av. Austral., I, p. 180).
Synon. Holmesia.

L. pusillus  very little, very small  < dim. pusus  little boy  < puer  boy.
● ex “Cinclus dominicensis minor” of Brisson 1760 (Calidris).
● ex “Small Nuthatch” of Catesby 1731, “Petit Torchepot de la Caroline” of Brisson 1760, and “Petite Sittelle à tête brune” of de Buffon 1770-1783 (Sitta).
● ex “Little Sparrow” of Catesby 1731 (Spizella).
● "59. CERTHIA.  ...  pusilla.  2. C. supra grisea, subtus alba, rectricibus fuscis: extimis apice albis.  Certhia fusca minor. Edw. av. 26. l. 26.  Habitat in India." (Linnaeus 1758) (unident.; nom. dub.).