Forest Bittern / Zonerodius heliosylus

Forest Bittern / Zonerodius heliosylus

Forest Bittern

SCI Name:  Zonerodius heliosylus
Protonym:  Ardea Heliosyla Voy.Coq. 1 livr.7 pl.44 1830 1 livr.16 p.722
Taxonomy:  Pelecaniformes / Ardeidae /
Taxonomy Code:  forbit1
Type Locality:  New Guinea.
Publish Year:  1828
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(Ardeidae; Ϯ Forest Bittern Z. heliosylus) Gr. ζωνη zōnē  band; ερωδιος erōdios  heron; "Breast, face, mantle, and tail heavily barred with black" (Beehler et al. 1986); "65. Zonerodius (1) heliosylus (Less.), Voy. Coq. Zool. I, pt. 2, p. 722, pl. 44 (1826-28).   Hab. in Papuasia   ...   (1) Novum genus Zonerodius characteres Americani generis Tigrisomatis praebet, sed acrotarsis transversim clypeatis, non squamulis exagonis obsitis, et gula omnino plumosa differt; a genere Botauro unguibus breviusculis, valde arcuatis, rostro validiore, culmine fere recto diversum." (Salvadori 1882); "Zonerodius Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Genova, 18, 1882, p. 336. Type, by monotypy, Ardea heliosylus Lesson." (Peters, 1931, I, p. 118).

heliosyla / heliosylus
Gr. ἡλιος hēlios sun; συλαω sulaō to carry off, to steal; ex “Héron Phaëthon” of Lesson 1826. Gr. myth Phaëthon, vainglorious son of Phoebus, who importuned his father to drive the chariot of the sun. However, the task proved beyond him and, being unable to control the fiery steeds, the chariot careered from its chosen path, causing universal darkness and natural catastrophes. In dire retribution the unfortunate Phaëthon was struck down by a thunderbolt! (Zonerodius).