Cone-billed Tanager / Conothraupis mesoleuca

Cone-billed Tanager / Conothraupis mesoleuca

Cone-billed Tanager

SCI Name:  Conothraupis mesoleuca
Protonym:  Rhynchothraupis mesoleuca Bull.Br.Orn.Club 59 p.102
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Thraupidae /
Taxonomy Code:  cobtan2
Type Locality:  Juruena, north-east of Cuyaba, Matto Grosso [, Central Brazil].
Publish Year:  1939
IUCN Status:  


(Thraupidae; Black-and-white Tanager C. speculigera) Gr. κωνος kōnos  cone; θραυπις thraupis  unknown small bird, perhaps some sort of finch. In ornithology thraupis signifies tanager; "Conothraupis, a new genus of Tanagers. — I have been kindly permitted to acquire in exchange from the Warsaw Museum a skin of Schistochlamys speculigera, Gould (P. Z. S. 1855, p. 68), one of the few Tanagers wanting in my series.  I am now convinced that the genus Schistochlamys (sive Diucopis) is not the proper position for this curious bird, which is remarkable for its straight gonys and but very slight incurved culmen.  I propose to remove it to near Arremon, where I think it will fit in better, under the new generic term Conothraupis (κωνος, conus, and θραυπις, tanagra); so that it will stand as Conothraupis speculigera." (P. Sclater 1880); "CONOTHRAUPIS, Scl. MS.1  Rostrum subconicum, tomiis medio profunde emarginatis.  Alæ  breves, subrotundatæ, remigum tertio et quarto omnium longissimis, secundo vix brevioreCauda apice rotundataPedes debilesHabitus generalis Buarremonis.    *16. CONOTHRAUPIS SPECULIGERA.  ...  1Vide Ibis, 1880, p. 252." (Taczanowski 1880);  "Conothraupis P. L. Sclater, 1880, Ibis, p. 252.  Type, by monotypy, Schistochlamys speculigera." (Storer in Peters, 1970, XIII, p. 250).
Synon. Rhynchothraupis

mesoleuca / mesoleucus
Gr. μεσολευκος mesoleukos  middling-white, streaked white, black gemstone with a white stripe  < μεσος mesos  half, middle; λευκος leukos  white.