Green-tailed Emerald / Chlorostilbon alice
Protonym: Trochilus Alice Rev.Zool. 11 p.274
Taxonomy: Caprimulgiformes / Trochilidae / Chlorostilbon
Taxonomy Code: grteme1
Type Locality: Caracas.
Author: Bourcier & Mulsant
Publish Year: 1848
(Trochilidae; Ϯ Glittering-bellied Emerald C. lucidus pucherani) Gr. χλωρος khlōros green; στιλβων stilbōn, στιλβοντος stilbontos shining, an epithet of the planet Mercury (cf. στιλβη stilbē lamp); "[plate] CHLOROSTILBONA PRASINA. ... [text] CHLOROSTILBON PRASINUS. Brazilian Emerald. ... The male has the upper and under surface yellowish green, with a golden lustre on the crown of the head and the sides of the neck; wings purplish brown; tail black, glossed with steel-blue; throat brilliant grass-green" (Gould 1853); "Chlorostilbon Gould, Monogr. Trochil., pt. 5, May, 1853, pl.  and text [= 5, pl. 355 of volume]. Type, by monotypy, Chlorostilbon prasinus Gould, not of authors, = Trochilus pucherani Bourcier." (Peters, 1945, V, p. 36).
Synon. Chloauges, Chlorestes, Chlorolampis, Chrysomirus, Colubris, Erasmia, Halia, Marsyas, Mellisuga, Merion, Panychlora, Prasitis, Riccordia, Sporadinus.
alice / alicei / aliciae
● Dame Alice Mary Godman née Chaplin (1868-1944) Deputy President of the British Red Cross Society, and second wife of English ornithologist Frederick DuCane Godman (Mark Brown in litt.) (Aglaeactis).
● Anita Alice Mathilde Robinson née Phinney (1860-1918) US socialite, wife of explorer Col. Wirt Robinson (subsp. Amazilia tobaci).
● Alice Mary Kennicott (fl. 1858) sister of US naturalist Robert Kennicott (subsp. Catharus minimus).
● "Adult male similar to C. pareola regina Scl., but back and scapulars markedly paler, Alice Blue instead of Parula Blue" (Hellmayr & Gyldenstolpe 1937) (Björn Bergenholtz in litt.); "Alice blue is a pale tint of azure that was favored by Alice Roosevelt Longworth [1884-1980], daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, which  sparked a fashion sensation in the United States" (Wikipedia accessed 23.10.2014) (syn. Chiroxiphia pareola regina).
● Alice or Alys of France (1160-?1220) daughter of Louis VII of France, Comtesse du Vexin, Comtesse de Ponthieu, betrothed to Richard I the Lionheart of England, and a popular figure in fiction (said to have joined Saladin's forces in revenge for Richard's rejection!) The Richmond Card Index records, “Possibly for Sallé’s mother” (who accompanied the entomologist Auguste Sallé on his expeditions; however, Sallé's mother was Catherine Sallé née Caillard (Martin Schneider in litt.)) (subsp. Chlorostilbon poortmani).
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