Protonym: Perdix thoracica Hist.Nat.Pig.Gallin. 3 p.335,723
Category: Galliformes / Phasianidae / Bambusicola
Taxonomy Code: chbpar3
Type Locality: India, error = China.
Publish Year: 1815
IUCN Status: Least Concern
(Phasianidae; Ϯ Chinese Bamboo Partridge B. thoracicus) Botanical genus Bambusa von Schreber, 1789, bamboo < Malay bambu bamboo; L. -cola dweller < colere to inhabit; "Genus BAMBUSICOLA, Gould. Generic Characters.— Bill moderately long, and very similar in form to that of Perdix; nostrils covered by an operculum; wings moderately long, round, and concave, the fifth primary the longest; tail somewhat more lengthened than in Perdix, rounded or inclined to a wedge-shape; tarsi rather long, and armed with a well-defined but blunt spur; toes longer than in Perdix, the two lateral ones equal in length, and united at their base by a membrane; hind toe rather long and free. Sexes alike, as in Caccabis, but the female destitute of a spur. This is a very distinct form among the Gallinaceæ, the species of which, so far as we yet know, are only two in number, namely the present bird and the Galloperdix sphenurus of China. Both evince a predilection for forests of bamboo, which circumstance has suggested the generic appellation. In point of affinity they equally approach the members both of the genera Perdix and Caccabis. BAMBUSICOLA SONORIVOX, Gould." (Gould 1863); "Bambusicola Gould, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1862 (1863), p. 285. Type, by subsequent designation, [Perdix sphenura Gray =] Perdix thoracica Temminck. (Ogilvie-Grant, Cat. Bds. Brit.Mus., 22, 1893, p. 257)." (Peters, 1934, II, p. 105).
Botanical genus Bambusa von Schreber, 1789, bamboo < Malay bambu bamboo; L. -cola -dweller < colere to inhabit.
thoracica / thoracicus
Med. L. thoracicus pectoral, of the chest < Gr. θωρακικος thōrakikos suffering in the chest < θωραξ thōrax, θωρακος thōrakos breastplate.
● ex “Plastron Noir” of Levaillant 1803, pl. 123 (Apalis).
● ex “Alconcillo aplomado” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 39 (syn. Falco femoralis).
UPPERCASE: current genus
Uppercase first letter: generic synonym
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lowercase: species and subspecies
●: early names, variants, mispellings
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Gr.: ancient Greek
<: derived from
syn: synonym of
/: separates historical and modern geographic names
ex: based on
TL: type locality
OD: original diagnosis (genus) or original description (species)