Protonym: Heliomaster spectabilis Ann.Lyc.Nat.Hist.N.Y. 8 p.472
Category: Caprimulgiformes / Trochilidae / Eugenes
Taxonomy Code: maghum2
Type Locality: Costa Rica.
Publish Year: 1867
(Trochilidae; Ϯ Magnificent Hummingbird E. fulgens) Gr. ευγενης eugenēs noble, high-born < ευ eu good; γενος genos descent, family (i.e. the 3rd Prince d'Essling); "EUGENES FULGENS. The Rivoli. ... THIS well-known Mexican species, so celebrated for the beauty of its colouring, and the bold style of its markings, enjoys a wide range of habitat, extending from the latitude of Jalapa in Mexico to the city of Guatemala; but only frequents high table-lands, such as those of Jalapa and Temiscaltepec. This fine bird was described by Swainson under the specific appellation of fulgens some years prior to that of Rivoli assigned to it by M. Lesson, in honour of M. Massena, Prince of Essling and Duke of Rivoli." (Gould 1856); "Eugenes Gould, Monogr. Trochil., pt. 12, Sept., 1856, pl.  and text [ = 2, pl. 59 of volume]. Type, by monotypy, Trochilus fulgens Swainson." (Peters, 1945, V, p. 90).
L. spectabilis remarkable, showy < spectare to observe < specere to look at.
● "61. ANAS. ... spectabilis. 4. A. rostro basi gibbo compresso: carina pennacea nigra, capite canescente. Mus. Ad. Fr. 2. p. Anas canadensis, capite griseo cæruleo. Edw. av. 154. t. 154. Habitat in Canada, Svecia." (Linnaeus 1758) (Somateria).
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