Fiji Petrel / Pseudobulweria macgillivrayi

Fiji Petrel / Pseudobulweria macgillivrayi

Fiji Petrel

SCI Name:  Pseudobulweria macgillivrayi
Protonym:  Thalassidroma (Bulweria) Macgillivrayi Cat.BirdsTrop.Isl.Pac.O.(1859) -1859 p.56
Taxonomy:  Procellariiformes / Procellariidae /
Taxonomy Code:  fijpet1
Type Locality:  Ngau, Fiji Islands.
Publish Year:  1860
IUCN Status:  


(Procellariidae; Ϯ MacGillivray's Petrel P. macgillivrayi) Gr. ψευδος pseudos  false; genus Bulweria Bonaparte, 1843, petrel; "It is perhaps unfortunate that this bird was placed in the genus Bulweria, as its significance has thereby been lost.  ...  The tail of macgillivrayi is shorter than the tail of Bulweria, although the bird is larger. In the former the first primary is shorter than the second, while in Bulweria the first primary is the longest. The difference can be considered of generic importance, so I introduce PSEUDOBULWERIA, gen. nov.; type, T. MACGILLIVRAYI Gray.  In Bulweria the wing measurement is less than twice the tail measurement; in Pseudobulweria the wing measurement is more than twice that of the tail" (Mathews 1936).

macgillivraii / macgillivrayi
● William MacGillivray (1796-1852) Scottish ornithologist, author (subsp. Ammospiza maritima, syn. Geothlypis tolmiei).
Alexander Sykes Macgillivray (1853-1907) Australian cattle rancher, field naturalist (subsp. Barnardius zonarius).
● Dr William David Kerr MacGillivray (1867-1933) Australian physician, naturalist, oologist (syn. Calamanthus campestris, syn. Cinnyris jugularis frenatus, subsp. Eclectus roratus, syn. Erythrura trichroa sigillifer, syn. Geoffroyus geoffroyi maclennani, subsp. Malurus coronatus, syn. Neochmia temporalis minor, syn. Ninox boobook ocellataPachyptila, subsp. Probosciger aterrimus, ‡syn. Rhipidura cervina).
● John MacGillivray (1821-1867) Scottish naturalist, collector in the South Pacific and Australia (subsp. Megapodius reinwardt, Pseudobulweria, subsp. Zosterops flavifrons).