White-crowned Hornbill / Berenicornis comatus

White-crowned Hornbill / Berenicornis comatus

White-crowned Hornbill

SCI Name:  Berenicornis comatus
Protonym:  Buceros comatus Trans.Linn.Soc.London(1), 13 p.339
Taxonomy:  Bucerotiformes / Bucerotidae /
Taxonomy Code:  whchor2
Type Locality:  Sumatra.
Publish Year:  1822
IUCN Status:  


(Bucerotidae; Ϯ White-crowned Hornbill B. comatus) Berenice Queen of Egypt (fl. 250 BC) whose hair, vowed to Venus following her husband’s victories, was stolen from the temple and said to have been placed in a constellation; Gr. ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "The head and neck are covered with white feathers, more or less black at their roots. These feathers are wiry or filiform, and stand nearly erect, particularly on the top of the head, while on the forehead they are directed forwards over the crest of the bill and conceal it in part. On the sides of the head the feathers lie flat, and are directed upwards, so that the whole head looks as if surmounted by a stiff mane, or the furred crest of a helmet" (Raffles 1822); "*217. Berenicornis, Bp. (Buceros, p. Gr.)   Afr. Malaiasia. 2.    1. BUCEROS comatus, Raffles. (lugubris, Begbie.) Verh. Natuurk. Gesch. t. 4. ex SumatraMajor.    *2. BUCEROS macrourus, Temm. 1842. (leucostigma, a rostro, Mus. Lugd. - albocristatus? Cassini, Journ. Acad. Phil. 1847? - Berenicornis albicristatus, Bp. in litt.) Mus. Lugd. ex Afr. occ. Ashantee.  Minor" (Bonaparte 1850); "Berenicornis Bonaparte, Consp. Av., 1, 1850, p. 91. Type, by subsequent designation, Buceros comatus Raffles. (G. R. Gray, Cat. Gen. Subgen. Bds., 1855, p. 84.)" (Peters, 1945, V, p. 260).

L. comatus  hairy  < coma  hair of the head  < Gr. κομη komē  hair.