Wonga Pigeon / Leucosarcia melanoleuca

Wonga Pigeon / Leucosarcia melanoleuca

Wonga Pigeon

SCI Name:  Leucosarcia melanoleuca
Protonym:  Columba melanoleuca Suppl.ind.orn. p.lix
Taxonomy:  Columbiformes / Columbidae /
Taxonomy Code:  wonpig1
Type Locality:  Port Jackson, New South Wales.
Publish Year:  1801
IUCN Status:  


(Columbidae; Ϯ Wonga Pigeon L. melanoleuca) Gr. λευκοσαρκος leukosarkos  with white flesh  < λευκος leukos  white; σαρξ sarx, σαρκος sarkos  flesh; “LEUCOSARCIA PICATA.  Wonga-wonga.  ...  The Pigeon forming the subject of the present memoir must always be an object of more than ordinary interest, since, independently of its attractive plumage, it is a great delicacy for the table; its large size and the whiteness of its flesh rendering it in this respect second to no other member of its family.  ...  During my encampment in each of these parts, it was always secured whenever an opportunity occurred, for the purpose of eating, the addition of bread-sauce rendering it no ordinary fare.” (Gould 1843); "Leucosarcia Gould, Bds. Austr., pt. 13, 1843, pl. [9] = 5, pl. 63 of bound volume. Type, by monotypy, Columba picata Latham = Columba melanoleuca Latham." (Peters 1937, III, 137).

melanoleuca / melanoleucos / melanoleucus
Gr. μελας melas, μελανος melanos  black; λευκος leukos  white.
● ex "Buff-crested Woodpecker" of Latham 1782 (Campephilus).
● ex “Águila obscura y blanca” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 8 (Geranoaetus).
● “As Columba picata Latham 1801, was regularly used as valid in the 20th century, this precludes invoking the principle of reverse of precedence (ICZN 1999:,” (McAllan 2007) (syn. Leucosarcia picata).
● ex “Esparvero negriblanco” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 28 (syn. Micrastur semitorquatus).
● ex “Plus petit Barbu à poitrine noir de Cayenne” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 688, fig. 2, “Plus petit Tamatia noir et blanc” of de Buffon 1770-1785, and “Lesser Pied Barbet” of Latham 1782 (syn. Notharchus tectus).
● ex “Coucou huppé de la côte de Coromandel” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 872, “Jacobin huppé de Coromandel” of de Buffon 1770-1786, and “Coromandel Crested Cuckow” of Latham 1782 (syn. Oxylophus jacobinus).
● ex “Chipiu negro y blanca” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 144 (Poospiza).
● ex “Stone Snipe” of Pennant 1785, and Latham 1785 (Tringa).
● ex “Cordon Noir” of Levaillant 1805, pl. 150 (Sylvia artefact).

(syn. Pica Ϯ Common Magpie P. pica) Gr. μελας melas, μελανος melanos  black; λευκος leukos  white; "Melanoleuca pica, Magpie." (Morris 1837) (OD per Björn Bergenholtz).