Sooty Barbthroat / Threnetes niger

Sooty Barbthroat / Threnetes niger

Sooty Barbthroat

SCI Name:  Threnetes niger
Protonym:  Trochilus niger Syst.Nat.ed.10 p.121
Category:  Caprimulgiformes / Trochilidae /
Taxonomy Code:  soobar1
Type Locality:  'In Indiis'' = Cayenne.
Author:  
Publish Year:  1758
IUCN Status:  

DEFINITIONS

THRENETES
(Trochilidae; Ϯ Pale-tailed Barbthroat T. leucurus) Gr. θρηνητης thrēnētēs  mourner  (i.e. sombre) < θρηνος thrēnos  lament  < θρεομαι threomai  to shriek; "THRENETES LEUCURUS. White-tailed Barbed-throat.   ...   THRENETES CERVINICAUDA, Gould. Fawn-tailed Barbed-throat.   ...   THRENETES ANTONIÆ. Sooty Barbed-throat.  ...   ALTHOUGH this species has been long known to ornithologists, it was only in the year 1846 that it received a scientific appellation, M. Bourcier then assigning to it the name of Antoniæ in honour of Madame Antonia Perroud, the wife of a learned entomologist.  Since then it has been transferred to the genus Polytmus by Mr. G. R. Gray, and to Lampornis by the Prince of Canino. That it does not belong to either of those genera, or to any other at present established, is certain, and I have therefore been necessitated to propose a new generic term for it and its near ally T. leucurus. The circumstance of its having remained so long undescribed by Lesson and others, who have professed to give complete monographs of this group of birds, is doubtless due to its being unadorned by any brilliant or metallic colouring; its sombre plumage, however, does not, in my opinion, detract from its interest as a species; for in the economy of nature, this dull-coloured bird plays a part of equal consequence with those of its most gaily attired allies" (Gould 1852); "Threnetes Gould, Monogr. Trochil, pt. 4, 1852, pls. [14 and 15] [= 1, pl. 13 and 15 of volume]. Type, by subsequent designation, Trochilus leucurus Linné. (G. R. Gray, Cat. Gen. Subgen. Bds., 1855, p. 20)." (Peters 1945, V, 5). 
Synon. Dnophera, Heteroglaucis.
● (syn. Cisticola Ϯ Red-faced Cisticola C. erythrops) "The remaining three subgenera all have the tail with a subterminal black bar, the outermost primary not more than two-thirds of the length of the second. Of these C. erythrops (Hartlaub) has the back uniform, not striped, and I propose to place it in a new subgenus, THRENETES." (A. Roberts 1922) (see Threnolais).

niger
L. niger  black, dark coloured, shining black, jet black (cf. ater  dead black, dusky) (see nigra).
● ex “Black Vulture” of Willughby 1676, and Latham 1781, “Swarthy Vulture” of Charleton 1677, “Vultur niger” of Brisson 1760, and “Avoltojo nero” of Cetti 1776 (syn. Aegypius monachus).
● ?ex “Bouvreuil noir d’Afrique” of Brisson 1760 (Bubalornis).
● ex “Black Hawk” of A. Wilson 1812 (syn. Buteo lagopus sanctijohannis).
● ex “Barbu de Cayenne” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 206, fig. 1 (Capito).
● "70. STERNA.  ...  nigra.  3. S. cauda subforficata, corpore cano, capite rostroque nigro, pedibus rubris. Fn. svec. 128.  Hirundo marina minor. Alb. av. 2. p. 82. t. 89.  Sterna fusca. Raj. av. 131.  Larus cinereus minor. Aldr. orn. . .  Habitat in Europa; vivit in societate." (Linnaeus 1758) (Chlidonias).
● ex “Martinet de S. Domingue. Hirundo apus dominicensis” of Brisson 1760, and “Petit Martinet noir” of de Buffon 1770-1783 (Cypseloides).
● ex “Ibis of Bellonius” of Willughby 1676, and Ray 1713, “Ibis” of Brisson 1760, “Ibis noir” of de Buffon 1770-1783, and “Black Ibis” of Latham 1785 (syn. Geronticus calvus).
● ex “Black Snipe” of Pennant 1785, and Latham 1785 (syn. Haematopus bachmani).
● ex “Black Rail” of Latham 1785 (syn. Limnocorax flavirostris).
● “Vieillot [1817] probably referred to this species, but the brief description might equally apply to P. fuscicollis” (Ogilvie-Grant 1898) (Microcarbo).
● ex “Yellow-tufted Bee-eater” of Latham 1782 (syn. Moho nobilis).
● ex “Barbu à gorge noires” of de Buffon 1770-1783, “Barbu de l’ile de Luçon” of Sonnerat 1782, and “Black-throated Barbet” of Latham 1782 (syn. Notharchus tectus).
● ex “Mésange Noire” of Levaillant 1803, pl. 137 (Melaniparus).
● ex “Black Shrike” of Latham 1781 (Platypsaris).
● ex “Pluvian du Sénégal” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 918 (syn. Pluvianus aegyptius).
● ex "Troupiale noir de Saint-Domingue" of d'Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 534 (Quiscalus).
● ex "Icterus niger" of Brisson 1760, "Troupiale noir" of de Buffon 1770-1783, and "Black Oriole" of Latham 1782, and Pennant 1785 (syn. Quiscalus niger).
● "60. TROCHILUS.  ...  niger.  13. T. rectricibus subæqualibus, corpore nigro subtus aurato, ano albo.  Trochilus niger. Mus. Ad. Fr. I. p. 13.  Habitat in Indiis." (Linnaeus 1758) (describing a melanistic form of this variable species) (Threnetes).
● "52. CUCULUS.  ...  niger.  6. C. cauda cuneiformi, corpore nigro nitido, rostro flavo.  Cuculus indicus niger. Edw. av. 58. t. 58.  Habitat in Benghala." (Linnaeus 1758) (unident.).

SUBSPECIES

Sooty Barbthroat (loehkeni)
SCI Name: Threnetes niger loehkeni
loehkeni
Wilhelm Löhken (1925-1992) German/Brazilian businessman, with Volkswagen Brasil, collector (Martin Schneider and Udo Löhken in litt.) (subsp. Threnetes leucurus).

Sooty Barbthroat (niger)
SCI Name: Threnetes niger niger
niger
L. niger  black, dark coloured, shining black, jet black (cf. ater  dead black, dusky) (see nigra).
● ex “Black Vulture” of Willughby 1676, and Latham 1781, “Swarthy Vulture” of Charleton 1677, “Vultur niger” of Brisson 1760, and “Avoltojo nero” of Cetti 1776 (syn. Aegypius monachus).
● ?ex “Bouvreuil noir d’Afrique” of Brisson 1760 (Bubalornis).
● ex “Black Hawk” of A. Wilson 1812 (syn. Buteo lagopus sanctijohannis).
● ex “Barbu de Cayenne” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 206, fig. 1 (Capito).
● "70. STERNA.  ...  nigra.  3. S. cauda subforficata, corpore cano, capite rostroque nigro, pedibus rubris. Fn. svec. 128.  Hirundo marina minor. Alb. av. 2. p. 82. t. 89.  Sterna fusca. Raj. av. 131.  Larus cinereus minor. Aldr. orn. . .  Habitat in Europa; vivit in societate." (Linnaeus 1758) (Chlidonias).
● ex “Martinet de S. Domingue. Hirundo apus dominicensis” of Brisson 1760, and “Petit Martinet noir” of de Buffon 1770-1783 (Cypseloides).
● ex “Ibis of Bellonius” of Willughby 1676, and Ray 1713, “Ibis” of Brisson 1760, “Ibis noir” of de Buffon 1770-1783, and “Black Ibis” of Latham 1785 (syn. Geronticus calvus).
● ex “Black Snipe” of Pennant 1785, and Latham 1785 (syn. Haematopus bachmani).
● ex “Black Rail” of Latham 1785 (syn. Limnocorax flavirostris).
● “Vieillot [1817] probably referred to this species, but the brief description might equally apply to P. fuscicollis” (Ogilvie-Grant 1898) (Microcarbo).
● ex “Yellow-tufted Bee-eater” of Latham 1782 (syn. Moho nobilis).
● ex “Barbu à gorge noires” of de Buffon 1770-1783, “Barbu de l’ile de Luçon” of Sonnerat 1782, and “Black-throated Barbet” of Latham 1782 (syn. Notharchus tectus).
● ex “Mésange Noire” of Levaillant 1803, pl. 137 (Melaniparus).
● ex “Black Shrike” of Latham 1781 (Platypsaris).
● ex “Pluvian du Sénégal” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 918 (syn. Pluvianus aegyptius).
● ex "Troupiale noir de Saint-Domingue" of d'Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 534 (Quiscalus).
● ex "Icterus niger" of Brisson 1760, "Troupiale noir" of de Buffon 1770-1783, and "Black Oriole" of Latham 1782, and Pennant 1785 (syn. Quiscalus niger).
● "60. TROCHILUS.  ...  niger.  13. T. rectricibus subæqualibus, corpore nigro subtus aurato, ano albo.  Trochilus niger. Mus. Ad. Fr. I. p. 13.  Habitat in Indiis." (Linnaeus 1758) (describing a melanistic form of this variable species) (Threnetes).
● "52. CUCULUS.  ...  niger.  6. C. cauda cuneiformi, corpore nigro nitido, rostro flavo.  Cuculus indicus niger. Edw. av. 58. t. 58.  Habitat in Benghala." (Linnaeus 1758) (unident.).