Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon / Petrophassa rufipennis

Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon / Petrophassa rufipennis

Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon

SCI Name:  Petrophassa rufipennis
Protonym:  Petrophassa rufipennis Proc.Zool.Soc.London Pt3 p.354 pl.28
Category:  Columbiformes / Columbidae /
Taxonomy Code:  cqrpig1
Type Locality:  South Alligator River, Northern Territory.
Publish Year:  1898
IUCN Status:  


(Columbidae; Ϯ White-quilled Rock Pigeon P. albipennis) Gr. πετρα petra  rock; φασσα phassa  pigeon; "A highly interesting Pigeon from the north-west coast, which, as it differs from all the other forms of its family, and is said to inhabit the rocks, I propose to make the type of a new genus with the name of  Genus PETROPHASSA.  Characteres generici.— Fere ut in Peristera.  Alæ autem et rotundatæ sunt et admodum breviores; deest etiam color metallice æneus.  Cauda magis rotundata.    PETROPHASSA ALBIPENNIS.  ...  Hab. Western Australia.  Allied to the members of the genus Peristera." (Gould 1841); "Petrophassa Gould, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1840 (1841), p. 173. Type, by monotypy, Petrophassa albipennis Gould." (Peters 1937, III, 117).
Var. Etrophassa.

rufipenne / rufipennis
Mod. L. rufipennis  red-winged, red-feathered  < L. rufus  red, rufous;
-pennis  -winged  < penna  feather.
● ex “Roupenne” of Levaillant 1801, pll. 83-84  < French homophone roux  red; penne  large feather (syn. Onychognathus morio).