Red-capped Parrot / Purpureicephalus spurius

Red-capped Parrot / Purpureicephalus spurius

Red-capped Parrot

SCI Name:  Purpureicephalus spurius
Protonym:  Psittacus spurius NovaActaAcad.Caes.Leop.Carol. 10 p.52
Category:  Psittaciformes / Psittaculidae /
Taxonomy Code:  recpar1
Type Locality:  New Holland = Albany, southwestern Australia, by designation of Mathews, Nov. Zool., 18, 1912, p. 275.
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Publish Year:  1820
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DEFINITIONS

PURPUREICEPHALUS
(Psittacidae; Ϯ Red-capped Parrot P. spurius) Gr. πορφυρεος porphureos  purple, red; -κεφαλος -kephalos  -headed  < κεφαλη kephalē  head (cf. specific name Psittacus purpureocephalus Quoy & Gaimard, 1830 (= syn. Purpureicephalus spurius)); "Subfam. V. PLATICERCINÆ.   ...   36. PURPUREICEPHALUS, Bp. — 167. Pileatus, Vig." (Bonaparte 1854); "Purpureicephalus Bonaparte, Rev. et Mag. Zool. (2), 6, 1854, p. 153. Type, by monotypy, Platycercus pileatus Vigors = Psittacus spurius Kuhl." (Peters 1937, III, 264).
Var. Purpureocephalus, Porphyrocephalus, Porphyreocephalus.

spurium / spurius
L. spurius  illegitimate, bastard, spurious  < spernere  to reject.
● ex “Basterd Baltimore-Bird” of Catesby 1731, and “Icterus minor spurius” of Brisson 1760 (Icterus).
● “Juvenem credo cujusdam speciei, quem adultum videre nulli adhuc contigit” (Kuhl 1820); the juvenile and adult Red-capped Parrot are so different in plumage as to appear unrelated (Purpureicephalus).