Lilian’s Lovebird / Agapornis lilianae
Protonym: Agapornis lilianae Ibis p.466 pl.12
Taxonomy: Psittaciformes / Psittaculidae / Agapornis
Taxonomy Code: lillov1
Type Locality: Liwondis, Upper Shir4, Nyasaland.
Publish Year: 1894
IUCN Status: Near Threatened
(Psittacidae; † Black-collared Lovebird A. swindernianus) Gr. αγαπη agapē, αγαπης agapēs love; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos bird; the substantive English name ‘lovebird’ reflects the strong pair bond and sociable nature of these small parrots; "Others have the bill powerful and thick, with the upper mandible strongly toothed; the wings long, and the tail short, and nearly even. To this group, the Psittacus Swinderianus of Kuhl, and the Psittacus Malaccensis, Lath., appear to belong. For the present, the title of Agapornis is given to them, though it is not unlikely that a farther division may be required, when their habits and economy are better known. The only illustration we can give of these diminutive Parrots is that of SWINDERN'S LOVE-BIRD. Agapornis Swinderianus." (Selby 1836); "Agapornis Selby, Nat. Libr., Parrots, 1836, p. 117. Type, by subsequent designation, Psittacus swindernianus Kuhl. (G. R. Gray, List Gen. Bds., 1840, p. 53.)" (Peters, 1937, III, p. 254).
Synon. Amoravis, Donkorella, Poliopsitta, Psittacula.
● Lilian Elizabeth Lutley Sclater (1863-1957) daughter of English ornithologist Philip Lutley Sclater (Agapornis).
● Horatia Lilian Capper Witherby née Gillson (1883-1963) wife of British ornithologist and publisher Henry Forbes Witherby (syn. Leiopicus medius).
● Lilian Convers Hanna Baldwin (1852-1948) US socialite and sponsor, wife of ornithologist Senator Samuel Prentiss Baldwin (subsp. Sturnella magna).
UPPERCASE: current genus
Uppercase first letter: generic synonym
● and ● See: generic homonyms
lowercase: species and subspecies
●: early names, variants, mispellings
†: type species
Gr.: ancient Greek
<: derived from
syn: synonym of
/: separates historical and modern geographic names
ex: based on
TL: type locality
OD: original diagnosis (genus) or original description (species)