New Britain Pitta / Erythropitta gazellae

New Britain Pitta / Erythropitta gazellae

New Britain Pitta

SCI Name:  Erythropitta gazellae
Protonym:  Pitta mackloti gazellae Orn.Monatsb. 16 p.27
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Pittidae /
Taxonomy Code:  nebpit1
Type Locality:  Ralum, New Britain.
Publish Year:  1908
IUCN Status:  


(Pittidae; Macklot's Pitta E. macklotii) Gr. ερυθρος eruthros  red; genus Pitta Vieillot, 1816, pitta; "They are characterized by the unpatterned face and throat; breast band distinct from belly patch; belly all red; and no prominent turquoise shoulder patch" (Beehler & Pratt 2016); "Erythropitta, Bp. — 187. mackloti, Temm. — 188. celebensis, Forst. — 189. erythrogastra, Cuv. — 190. venusta, Mull. — 191. granatina, Temm. (coccinea, Eyt.)" (Bonaparte 1854); "Erythropitta Bonaparte, 1854, Conspectus Volucrum Anisodactylorum, p. 7.  Type, by subsequent designation (G. Gray, 1855, Cat. Genera Subgenera Birds Brit. Mus., p. 144 (Appendix)), Pitta macklotii Temminck, 1834." (JAJ 2021).
Synon. Monilipitta, Phoeniocichla, Purpureipitta.

gazella / gazellae / gazelle
French gazelle  gazelle  < Arabic ghazāl  gazelle.
● "And if a blow from an irate ostrich is sufficient to fell a man, what must have been the kicking power of an able-bodied Moa?  Beside this bird the ostrich would appear as slim and graceful as a gazelle beside a prize ox." (Lucas 1922) (‡Dinornis struthoides).
● Gazelle Peninsula, New Pomerania / New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea (named by Capt. Georg Freiherr von Schleinitz of SMS Gazelle, a frigate of the Prussian Navy 1875) (Erythropitta).