Saunders’s Tern / Sternula saundersi

Saunders\'s Tern / Sternula saundersi

Saunders's Tern

SCI Name:  Sternula saundersi
Protonym:  Sterna Saundersi Str.Feath. 5 p.324,note,325
Taxonomy:  Charadriiformes / Laridae /
Taxonomy Code:  sauter2
Type Locality:  Karachi, Sind.
Publish Year:  1877
IUCN Status:  


(Laridae; Ϯ Little Tern S. albifrons) Dim. < genus Sterna Linnaeus, 1758, tern; "69. Familie.  Seeschwalben, Sterna.  ...  141. Gattung. Sternula.  361. minuta." (Boie 1822); "Sternula Boie, Isis, 1822, (1), col. 563, Mar., 1822—type, by monotypy, Sterna minuta Linnaeus = Sterna albifrons Pallas." (Hellmayr & Conover 1948, XIII, 301).
Var. Sternulla, Sternella.

(Icteridae; Ϯ Eastern Meadowlark S. magna) L. sturnellus  little starling  < dim. sturnus  starling. Formerly the American icterids were included with the starlings in Sturnidae (hence the frequent use of Gr. ψαρ psar  starling in icterid genera); "79. STOURNELLE, Sturnella.  Sturnus, Linn. Gm. Lath.  Bec droit, entier, convexe en dessus, obtus et dilaté à la pointe; mandibule supérieure à base prolongée et arrondie dans les plumes du front. — Pouce plus fort et plus long que les doigts latéraux.   Esp. Stourne, ou Merle à fer-à-cheval, Buff." (Vieillot 1816); "Sturnella Vieillot, 1816, Analyse, p. 34. Type, by monotypy, "Stourne, ou Merle à fer-à-cheval" Buffon = Alauda magna Linnaeus." (Blake in Peters 1968, XIV, 177).
Var. Sturnellus, Sternella, Sturela, Sturnela.
Synon. Cirulus, Pedopsaris, Pezites, Trupialis.

● Howard Saunders (1835-1907) British banker, traveller, ornithologist (authority on the Laridae) (syn. Picus viridis karelini, Saundersilarus, Sternula).
● Dr George Bradford Saunders, Jr. (1907-2001) US ornithologist, student of migration, collector in South Africa, North America, Mexico and Guatemala (subsp. Sturnella magna).