Kona Grosbeak / Chloridops kona

Kona Grosbeak / Chloridops kona

Kona Grosbeak

SCI Name:  Chloridops kona
Protonym:  Chloridops kona Proc.Zool.Soc.London Pt2 p.218
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Fringillidae /
Taxonomy Code:  kongro
Type Locality:  Kona, Hawaii.
Publish Year:  1888
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‡ (Fringillidae; Ϯ Kona Grosbeak C. kona) Gr. χλωρις khlōris, χλωριδος khlōridos  greenfinch; ωψ ōps, ωπος ōpos  countenance, face; "CHLORIDOPS 1, gen. nov.  Bill short and very thick, with culmen and gonys much arched; maxilla and mandible nearly equal in height, tomia of the former doubly sinuated and overhanging those of the latter, which are inflected.  Nostrils basal, supernal, nearly covered by the frontal feathers, and beset with a few hairs.  Wings moderate, first primary wanting, fourth slightly longer than third and fifth, which again exceed the second and sixth.  Tail short, slightly forked, rectrices acuminate.  Feet moderate.   CHLORIDOPS KONA, sp. n.  (♂ not procured.)  ...  I obtained this bird, the only one which I have shot, 21st June, 1887, at an elevation of 5000 feet in the district of Kona on the west coast of Hawaii, in a great tract of forest, consisting principally of Koa-trees  ...  The general appearance of this bird is that of an exaggerated Greenfinch (Fringilla chloris, Linn.).   1 Chloridis faciem habens." (S. B. Wilson 1888); "Chloridops Wilson, 1888, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, p. 218. Type, by monotypy, Chloridops kona Wilson." (Greenway in Peters, 1968, XIV, p. 101).

Kona District, Hawaii.