Prong-billed Barbet / Semnornis frantzii

Prong-billed Barbet / Semnornis frantzii

Prong-billed Barbet

SCI Name:  Semnornis frantzii
Protonym:  Tetragonops frantzii Ibis p.371 pl.10
Taxonomy:  Piciformes / Semnornithidae /
Taxonomy Code:  prbbar1
Type Locality:  Near San Jose, Costa Rica.
Publish Year:  1864
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(Semnornithidae; Ϯ Toucan Barbet S. ramphastinus) Gr. σεμνος semnos  solemn, noble; ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "Pan (Richm. 1899, vice Tetragonops, preoccupied) being preëmpted (Oken, Mamm. 1816), as I am informed by Dr. T. S. Palmer, the genus of Barbets formerly known as Tetragonops may be called Semnornis,with S. rhamphastinus (Jard.) as the type.  Semnornis frantzii (Scl.) of Costa Rica, is the only other species at present known.  ...Σεμνος, solemn; ορνις, bird" (Richmond 1900). The imposing Toucan Barbet is a widely sought cage-bird confined to Colombia and Ecuador.
Synon. Dicrorhynchus, Pan, Tetragonops.

Alexander von Frantzius (1821-1877) German physician, naturalist, anthropologist, collector in Brazil 1849-1853, resident in Costa Rica 1853-1868 (Catharus, Elaenia, Nothocercus, syn. Ortalis vetula, Pteroglossus, Semnornis, subsp. Tangara icterocephala).