Pardusco / Nephelornis oneilli

Pardusco / Nephelornis oneilli


SCI Name:  Nephelornis oneilli
Protonym:  Nephelornis oneilli Auk 93 p.415-428,front.
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Thraupidae /
Taxonomy Code:  pardus2
Type Locality:  
Publish Year:  1976
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(Thraupidae; Pardusco N. oneilli) Gr. νεφελη nephelē  cloud; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "This paper described still another recent Peruvian discovery, a bird that we call  the "Pardusco," [= brownish] because that is the name applied to it by our Peruvian field assistants who live near the region where it is now known to occur.  ...   From the outset, we have considered the Pardusco to be a bird of uncertain familial relationships.  For reasons stated beyond, we cannot affiliate it with any known genus of tanager, honeycreeper, or finch.  ...  we feel compelled to erect for it a new genus and to leave its familial placement to the outcome of further studies.    Nephelornis gen. nov.  TYPE-SPECIES: Nephelornis oneilli Lowery and Tallman.  ...  ETYMOLOGY: The name Nephelornis, "bird of clouds or mist," comes from the Greek words nephelē, cloud, and ornis, bird, and alludes to the gloomy, fogbound habitat near the crest of the Carpish Mountains where the species occurs.  The name is masculine in gender." (Lowery & Tallman 1976); "Nephelornis Lowery and Tallman, 1976, Auk, 93 (3), p. 416.  Type, by original designation and monotypy, Nephelornis oneilli Lowery and Tallman, 1976." (JAJ 2020).

John Patton O’Neill (b. 1942) US ornithologist, field-worker, bird artist (Nephelornis).