White-shouldered Fairywren / Malurus alboscapulatus

White-shouldered Fairywren / Malurus alboscapulatus

White-shouldered Fairywren

SCI Name:  Malurus alboscapulatus
Protonym:  Malurus alboscapulatus Sitz.K.Akad.Wiss.Wien 69 p.496
Category:  Passeriformes / Maluridae /
Taxonomy Code:  whsfai1
Type Locality:  Arfak Mountains; altitude ca. 3,500 feet.
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Publish Year:  1874
IUCN Status:  

DEFINITIONS

MALURUS
(Maluridae; Ϯ Superb Fairy-wren M. cyaneus) Gr. μαλος malos (properly αμαλος amalos)  soft, delicate; ουρα oura  tail; "MÉRION ...  Queue longue, étagée, à rectrices minces à leur naissance, peu épaisses et dilatées à leur extrémité" (Vieillot 1831); "MÉRION, Malurus,  Silvia, Lath. Motacilla, Lin. Gm.  Bec très-grêle, droit, entier, très-court. — Bouche ciliée. — Tarses très-minces. — Doigts extérieurs réunis jusqu'à la deuxième phalange. — Ailes très-courtes. — Queue très-longue, grêle.   Esp. Motacilla aut Sylvia, Cyanea, Gm. Lath.   ...   Malurus [μαλος, tenerουρα, cauda]." (Vieillot 1816); "Malurus Vieillot, 1816, Analyse, p. 44. Type, by monotypy, Motacilla cyanea Latham." (Mayr in Peters 1986, XI, 391). 
Var. Amalurus, Malacurus, Malums.
Synon. Devisornis, Leggeornis, Musciparus, Nesomalurus, Psitodos, Rosina, Ryania, Todopsis.

alboscapulatus
L. albus  white; Mod. L. scapulatus  shouldered  < Late L. scapula  shoulder  < L. scapulae  shoulders.

SUBSPECIES

White-shouldered Fairywren (lorentzi)
SCI Name: Malurus alboscapulatus lorentzi
lorentzi / lorentzii
Hendrikus Albertus Lorentz (1871-1944) Dutch diplomat, explorer, collector in New Guinea 1903-1910 (subsp. Malurus alboscapulatus, PachycephalaPsittacella, syn. Ptiloprora perstriata, subsp. Rhipidura albolimbata).

White-shouldered Fairywren (alboscapulatus)
SCI Name: Malurus alboscapulatus alboscapulatus
alboscapulatus
L. albus  white; Mod. L. scapulatus  shouldered  < Late L. scapula  shoulder  < L. scapulae  shoulders.

White-shouldered Fairywren (naimii)
SCI Name: Malurus alboscapulatus naimii
naimii
Naimi (fl. 1875) Papuan head villager who helped d’Albertis in New Guinea (subsp. Malurus alboscapulatus).

White-shouldered Fairywren (aida)
SCI Name: Malurus alboscapulatus aida
aida
Operatic tragic heroine Aida, Princess of Ethiopia enslaved by the Egyptians, and who chooses to share eternity with Radamès her entombed lover ("Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi 1871); "In this form neither the young nor the adult females are white underneath, but black.  These black females are like the males, but smaller and less glossy, the glossy blue-black edges to the feathers being entirely or almost entirely absent." (Hartert 1930) (subsp. Malurus alboscapulatus).

White-shouldered Fairywren (kutubu)
SCI Name: Malurus alboscapulatus kutubu
kutubu
Lake Kutubu, Papua New Guinea.

White-shouldered Fairywren (moretoni)
SCI Name: Malurus alboscapulatus moretoni
moretoni
Lt. the Hon. Matthew Henry Reynolds-Moreton (1847-1909) British Army, colonial administrator, Resident Magistrate in British New Guinea 1891-1907 (subsp. Malurus alboscapulatus).