Chinese Rubythroat / Calliope tschebaiewi

Chinese Rubythroat / Calliope tschebaiewi

Chinese Rubythroat

SCI Name:  Calliope tschebaiewi
Protonym:  Calliope Tschebaiewi Mongol.StranaTangut. 2 p.44 pl.9 fig.1
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Muscicapidae /
Taxonomy Code:  chirub1
Type Locality:  Kansu.
Publish Year:  1876
IUCN Status:  


(Muscicapidae; Ϯ Siberian Rubythroat C. calliope) Specific name Motacilla calliope Pallas, 1776 (< Gr. myth. Calliope, fine-voiced chief of the Muses); "Genus CALLIOPE.   GEN. CHAR.  Bill shorter than the head, straight, compressed laterally and pointed, with a slight indication of a notch near the tip of the upper mandible: base of the bill garnished with a few fine and short bristles.  Nostrils basal and oval.  Wings rather short and rounded, the first quill very short, the third and fourth the longest.  Tail short and rounded.  Tarsi long and slender, the hinder toe furnished with a large strong claw.   GORGET WARBLER.  Calliope Lathamii.  La Calliope.  Among the subdivisions into which the Sylviadæ are now distributed, we do not find one to which we can strictly refer the present beautiful bird; we have therefore ventured to form a new genus for its reception, taking the specific appellation of Pallas for its generic designation ... In the silky character of its plumage, in the presence of the gorget, and in the great difference between the sexes, it evinces a close affinity to the Blue-throated Warbler (Phœnicura Suecica), but in its general form and contour it approximates to the Nightingale (Philomela Luscinia), to which we consider it to be most nearly allied.  ...  Of its nidification and general economy we know but little: it is said to have an agreeable song, which it utters while perched on the topmost branches of trees." (Gould 1837); "Calliope Gould, 1836, Birds Europe, pt. 2, pl. 118, text. Type, by monotypy, Calliope Lathamii Gould = Motacilla calliope Pallas." (Ripley in Peters, 1964, X, p. 33).
Synon. Melodes.

Gr. myth. Calliope, fine-voiced chief of the Muses, who presided over eloquence and heroic poetry (Calliope, subsp. Pachycephala pectoralisSelasphorus).

Panfil Chebaef (fl. 1870) Cossack who accompanied Przhevalsky on his explorations in Transbaykalia (Calliope).