Costa’s Hummingbird / Calypte costae

Costa\'s Hummingbird / Calypte costae

Costa's Hummingbird

SCI Name:  Calypte costae
Protonym:  Ornismya Costae Rev.Zool. 2 p.294
Taxonomy:  Caprimulgiformes / Trochilidae /
Taxonomy Code:  coshum
Type Locality:  California = Magdalena Bay, Baja < alifornia.
Publish Year:  1839
IUCN Status:  


(Trochilidae; Ϯ Costa's Hummingbird C. costae) Probably from Gr. καλυπτρη kaluptrē  woman’s veil, head-dress (καλυπτω kaluptō to cover) with ref. to the glittering crown and elongated gorget of the male Costa’s Hummingbird. According to Coues 1882, Calypte is a proper name (cf. Gr. myth Calypso, island-dwelling daughter of Atlas who bore Ulysses two sons);"CALYPTE COSTÆ.  Costa's Calypte.   ...   Here we have a very beautiful little bird, conspicuous not only for the rich brilliancy of its head and throat, but for the colouring of those parts being of an unusual hue - a glittering metallic-lilac, neither easy to describe nor to depict, and which can only be feebly represented even with the aid of silver and the finest copal colours   ...   CALYPTE ANNÆ.  Anna's Calypte.  ...  CALYPTE HELENÆ.  Helena's Calypte." (Gould 1856); "Calypte Gould, Monogr. Trochil., pt. 11, May, 1856, pl. [5, 6, 7] and text [= 3, pl. 134, 135, 136 of volume]. Type, by subsequent designation, Ornismya costae Bourcier. (Baird, Brewer and Ridgway, Hist. No. Am. Bds., Land Bds., 2, 1875, p. 453)." (Peters, 1945, V, p. 136). 
Synon. Leucaria, Zephyritis.

● Louis Marie Pantaléon Costa de Beauregard Marquis de Saint-Génix de Beauregard (1806-1864) Savoyard soldier, statesman, naturalist, archaeologist, trochilidist (Calypte, syn. Certhia brachydactyla).
● L. costa, costae  rib, side; "Untere Flügeldeckfedern und Körperseiten intensiver rostrot als bei allen anschliefsenden Formen" (Rensch 1923) (syn. Turdus libonyanus tropicalis).