Oahu Oo / Moho apicalis

Oahu Oo / Moho apicalis

Oahu Oo

SCI Name:  Moho apicalis
Protonym:  Moho apicalis Proc.Zool.Soc.London(1860) (1860), Pt(28)3 p.381
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Mohoidae /
Taxonomy Code:  oahoo
Type Locality:  Owhyhee [= Oahu Island] .
Publish Year:  1861
IUCN Status:  


‡ (Mohoidae; Ϯ Hawaii Oo M. nobilis) Hawaiian onomatopoeic name ‘ō‘ō for the distinctive oos; "4. Les MOHOS; Moho.  Bec de la longueur de la tête, fort, recourbé, pointu, à commissure bordée, à bords rentrés. Narines ovales, pointues, longitudinales, ouvertes; plumes du front écailleuses; ailes moyennes, à troisième, quatrième, cinquième rémiges les plus longues. Queue étagée, à rectrices médiocres, pointues; tarses alongé, scutellés; doigt du milieu peu prolongé au-delà des latéraux.  PHILÉDON MOHO; Merops fasciculatus, Lath.  Gracula nobilis, Merrem, Av. ic., fasc. I, pl. 2; Melliphaga fasciculata, Temm., pl. 471." (Vieillot 1831); "Moho Lesson, 1831, Traité Orn., p. 302. Type, by monotypy, Merops fasciculatus Latham = Gracula nobilis Merrem." (Salomonsen in Peters 1967, XII, 424). The Hawaii Oo (or ‘Ō‘ō  in Hawaiian orthography) was last seen in 1934. Recent work indicates that these birds were allied to the silky-flycatchers Ptiliogonatidae and waxwings Bombycillidae.
Var. Mohoa.
Synon. Acrulocercus, Mohohina, Mohornis, Pseudomoho.

Mod. L. apicalis  apical, of the tip  < L. apex, apicis  point, extremity.
● "ACANTHIZA APICALIS.  ...  Distinguished from A. Diemenensis, A. pusilla, and A. Ewingii, to all of which it is nearly allied, by its large size, by its larger and rounder tail, by the broad and distinct band of black which crosses the tail-feathers near their extremities, and by their being largely tipped with white." (Gould 1847) (Acanthiza).
● "MOHO APICALIS  ...  I avail myself of the opportunity of characterizing the species, and have assigned to it the name of apicalis, from the circumstance of all but the two middle tail-feathers being tipped with white" (Gould 1861) (‡Moho).
● "MYIARCHUS APICALIS  ...  caudæ nigricantis rectricis externæ pogonio externo et ceterarum apicibus latis flavido-albicantibus" (P. Sclater & Salvin 1881) (Myiarchus).