Rufous-backed Inca-Finch / Incaspiza personata

Rufous-backed Inca-Finch / Incaspiza personata

Rufous-backed Inca-Finch

SCI Name:  Incaspiza personata
Protonym:  Haemophila personata Novit.Zool. 2 p.8
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Thraupidae /
Taxonomy Code:  rbifin1
Type Locality:  near Cajamarca, 10,000 ft., Cajamarca, Peru.
Publish Year:  1895
IUCN Status:  


(Thraupidae; Ϯ Great Inca-finch I. pulchra) Incas, the native peoples of Peru at the time of the Spanish conquista; Gr. σπιζα spiza  finch  < σπιζω spizō  to chirp; the inca-finches or inca tanagers are confined to the Andes of Peru; "Genus Incaspiza. (Type, Hæmophila pulchra Sclater.)   Similar to Aimophila Swainson, in much rounded wings and proportions of feet, but with tail decidedly shorter than wing, maxilla narrower (vertically) than mandible, maxillary tomium without any convexity in middle portion and style of coloration very different.   Coloration: Back and scapulars plain chestnut, rest of upper parts plain grey; face black; chest and sides grayish; belly and under tail-coverts white or buffy; lateral rectrices chiefly white; bill yellow." (Ridgway 1898). 

personata / personatus
L. personatus  masked  < persona  mask.
● ex “Perroquet Geoffroy” of Levaillant 1805 (syn. Geoffroyus geoffroyi).
● ex “Chouette à Masque Noir” of Levaillant 1799, pl. 44 (syn. Pulsatrix perspicillata).