Sapphire Quail-Dove / Geotrygon saphirina

Sapphire Quail-Dove / Geotrygon saphirina

Sapphire Quail-Dove

SCI Name:  Geotrygon saphirina
Protonym:  Geotrygon saphirina Compt.Rend. 40 p.101
Taxonomy:  Columbiformes / Columbidae /
Taxonomy Code:  sapqud2
Type Locality:  Rio Napo, Ecuador.
Publish Year:  1855
IUCN Status:  


(Columbidae; Ϯ Crested Quail Dove G. versicolor) Gr. γεω- geō- ground-  < γη gē  earth; τρυγων trugōn, τρυγονος trugonos  pigeon; "MOUNTAIN WITCH.*  Geotrygon sylvatica. MIHI.  ...  In the dense and lofty forest that clothes the brow of Bluefields Peak, it is very numerous, usually seen singly or in pairs, walking on the ground; the freedom of the forest there from underwood allowing it to exercise its fleetness of foot to advantage. If alarmed, it generally seeks to escape by running, its bulk and shortness of wing rendering its flight burdensome and ineffective.  ...  *GEOTRYGON.  Generic Character. — Beak robust, rather long; both mandibles strongly arched at the tip; nostrils opening far forward. Wings short, and rounded: third quill longest; second and following quills strongly and abruptly sinuated on the outer edge; first quill sickle-shaped, not attenuated. Tail nearly even, short, (viz. less than thrice the length of the tarsus). Tarsus longer than middle toe, unfeathered, covered in front with transverse plates. Inner toe longer than outer; hallux shorter than outer toe. General form stout and plump." (Gosse 1847); "Geotrygon Gosse, Bds. Jamaica, 1847, p. 316. Type, by subsequent designation, Columba cristata Lath., i.e. Gmelin, not of Temminck = Geotrygon sylvatica Gosse 1847 = Columbigallina versicolor Lafresnaye 1846. (Reichenbach, Av. Syst. Nat., 1852 (1853), p. xxv.)" (Peters, 1937, III, p. 132).
Synon. Oreopeleia, Osculatia.

L. sapphirinus of sapphire, sapphirine < Gr. σαπφειρινος sappheirinos of the sapphire < σαπφειρος sappheiros sapphire.


Sapphire Quail-Dove (saphirina)
SCI Name: Geotrygon saphirina saphirina
L. sapphirinus of sapphire, sapphirine < Gr. σαπφειρινος sappheirinos of the sapphire < σαπφειρος sappheiros sapphire.

Sapphire Quail-Dove (rothschildi)
SCI Name: Geotrygon saphirina rothschildi
● Lionel Walter 2nd Baron Rothschild of Tring (1868-1937) English ornithologist (syn. Amazona barbadensis, subsp. Arachnothera longirostra, Astrapia, Bangsia, subsp. Bostrychia olivacea, subsp. Buteo buteo, syn. Camaroptera superciliaris, syn. Casuarius unappendiculatus, subsp. Charmosyna pulchella, syn. Cochoa viridis, CrithagraCypseloides, syn. Daphoenositta chrysoptera striata, syn. Diomedea exulans, syn. Diphyllodes magnificus, syn. Eos bornea, subsp. Fregata magnificens, subsp. Geospiza scandens, subsp. Geotrygon saphirina, syn. Granatina ianthinogaster, syn. Gygis alba candida, Heliangelus x Eriocnemis, syn. Hemitriccus zosterops, subsp. Heteromyias armiti, syn. Irediparra gallinaceaLeucopsar, syn. Micropsitta pusio, subsp. Muscicapa sibirica, subsp. Nucifraga caryocatactes, ‡syn. Pachyornis elephantopus, syn. Phaethon rubricauda, syn. Phalacrocorax onslowi, subsp. Phasianus colchicus, syn. Pitta sordida, subsp. Pomatorhinus superciliaris, subsp. Psilopogon lagrandieri, syn. Rhea americana albescens, syn. Rhea americana intermedia, syn. Sericulus chrysocephalus, subsp. Serilophus lunatus, syn. Stipiturus malachurus westernensis, syn. Sylvia melanocephala momus, syn. Tanysiptera nympha, subsp. Zosterops minor) (see rothschildii).
● Maurice Edmond Charles Baron de Rothschild (1881-1957) French politician, art collector, big-game hunter, patron of the arts, Senator 1929-1945 (syn. Anthoscopus sylviella, syn. Campephaga phoenicea, syn. Columba iriditorques, syn. Euplectes hordeaceus craspedopterus, subsp. Hirundo lucida, syn. Laniarius funebris, syn. Pyrenestes ostrinus).