Coppery-headed Emerald / Elvira cupreiceps

Coppery-headed Emerald / Elvira cupreiceps

Coppery-headed Emerald

SCI Name:  Elvira cupreiceps
Protonym:  Eupherusa cupreiceps Ann.Lyc.Nat.Hist.N.Y. 8 p.348
Taxonomy:  Caprimulgiformes / Trochilidae /
Taxonomy Code:  coheme1
Type Locality:  Barranca, Costa Rica.
Publish Year:  1866
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(Trochilidae; Ϯ White-tailed Emerald E. chionura) Probably after Elvira, mistress of Pizarro in Sheridan's 1799 tragedy "Pizarro" (a literary allusion to a South American maiden) (cf. (1) Elvire, “the name by which the poet Lamartine idealised Mme. Julie Charles   ...   with whom he was at one time deeply in love” (Harvey & Heseltine 1959): (2) Elvira, a maiden, one of many,  wronged by Don Giovanni (Mozart 1787)); "Genre LEUCOCHLORIS   ...  aa. Rectrices externes à intermédiaires blanches sur la moyenne partie basilaire de leur longueur  (S.-g. Elvira).    Chianura [sic], GOULD.    Costa-Rica.    Class. de M. Gould. Thaumantias" (Mulsant et al. 1866); "Elvira Mulsant and J. and E. Verreaux, Mém. Soc. Imp. Sci. Nat. Cherbourg, 12, 1866, p. 176. (P. 32 of separately paged reprint.) Type, by monotypy, Trochilus (Thaumatias) chionura Gould." (Peters, 1945, V, p. 77).
Synon. Lawrencius.

L. cupreus  coppery  < cyprium or cuprum  copper; -ceps  -crowned  < caput, capitis  head.