Madagascar Grebe / Tachybaptus pelzelnii

Madagascar Grebe / Tachybaptus pelzelnii

Madagascar Grebe

SCI Name:  Tachybaptus pelzelnii
Protonym:  Podiceps pelzelnii Orn.Madagascar p.83
Taxonomy:  Podicipediformes / Podicipedidae /
Taxonomy Code:  madgre1
Type Locality:  Madagascar.
Publish Year:  1861
IUCN Status:  


(Podicipedidae; Ϯ Little Grebe or Dabchick T. ruficollis) Gr. ταχυς takhus  fast; βαπτω baptō  to sink under; "The Dabchick floats, swims, dives, and, as I have ascertained from observation, flies under water, with astonishing ease and activity. When surprised, it eludes its enemy by slipping beneath the surface, and not appearing until a good way off." (Macgillivray 1842); "3. *Tachybaptus RCHB. minor. (Colymb. — Briss.) R.  Tab. 11. Caput, ala, cauda, pes. — Ic. Av. t. 11. ic. 79—85. — Reliquae species: t. 13. ic. 748—55. t. 111. ic. 1076. t. 111b. ic. 2941." (Reichenbach 1853); "Tachybaptus Reichenbach, Av. Syst. Nat., 1852 (1853), p. iii. Type, by monotypy, Colymbus minor Gmelin = Colymbus ruficollis Pallas." (Peters 1931, 1, 35).
Var. Tachybaptes.
Synon. Dominicus, Limnodytes.

pelzelni / pelzelnii
August Pelzel Edler von Pelzeln (1825-1891) Austrian ornithologist, collector (syn. Amazilia franciae cyaneicollis, Ammonastes, Aplonis, subsp. Cyanophonia cyanocephala, syn. Cygnus olor, Elaenia, Granatellus, syn. Ibycter americanus, syn. Micrastur gilvicollis, subsp. Myiarchus swainsoni, Ploceus, Pseudotriccus, subsp. Rhipidura albiscapa, subsp. Sicalis flaveola, Tachybaptus, Thamnophilus, subsp. Tityra inquisitor).