Cocos Finch / Pinaroloxias inornata

Cocos Finch / Pinaroloxias inornata

Cocos Finch

SCI Name:  Pinaroloxias inornata
Protonym:  Cactornis inornatus Proc.Zool.Soc.London Pt11 no.126 p.104
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Thraupidae /
Taxonomy Code:  cocfin1
Type Locality:  Bow Island, Low Archipelago, Polynesia ; corrected to Cocos Island by Richmond, 1902, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 15, pp. 247-248.
Publish Year:  1843
IUCN Status:  


(Thraupidae; Ϯ Cocos Finch P. inornata) Gr. πιναρος pinaros  dirty, shabby; genus Loxia Linnaeus, 1758, crossbill (cf. genus Loxops Cabanis, 1847, akepa); "CACTORNIS INORNATUS.  Cact. corpore superiore nigrescente-fusco  ...  Hab. Bow Island." (Gould 1843); "d4. Wing very long, exceeding the length of the tail and tarsus combined.   c5. Nasal membrane exposed.  ...  b6. Bill pointed and not festooned, the culmen flattened in front of the nostrils . . . . .9. PINAROLOXIAS, p. 52.   ...   9. PINAROLOXIAS.   Range. Bow or Harp Island, Low Archipelago.   1. Pinaroloxias inornata." (Sharpe 1885); "Pinaroloxias Sharpe, 1885, Cat. Birds Brit. Mus., 10, p. [3 (in key),] 52. Type, by monotypy, Cactornis inornata Gould." (Paynter in Peters 1970, XIII, 168). The Cocos Finch, originally thought to be a Galapagos finch from Polynesia, was classified by Sharpe 1885, with Loxops (of a similar bill shape), Loxioides, Psittirostra, and others, in Dicaeidae.
Synon. Cocornis.

inornata / inornatum / inornatus
L. inornatus  plain, unadorned  < in-  not; ornatus  adorned, decorated  < ornare  to adorn.
● See: mavornata