Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity / Neodrepanis hypoxantha

Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity / Neodrepanis hypoxantha

Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity

SCI Name:  Neodrepanis hypoxantha
Protonym:  Neodrepanis hypoxantha Bull.Br.Orn.Club 53 p.182
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Philepittidae /
Taxonomy Code:  yebasi1
Type Locality:  'East of Antananarivo'' (now Tananarive),'' eastern Madagascar.
Publish Year:  1933
IUCN Status:  


(Philepittidae; Ϯ Common Sunbird Asity N. coruscans) Gr. νεος neos  new, strange; δρεπανη drepanē, δρεπανης drepanēs  scimitar; "NEODREPANIS, gen. nov.  Allied to Nectarinia and Cinnyris, but at once to be distinguished by its scimitar-like bill, and nearly obsolete first and sinuated second primary, as shsown in the accompanying woodcut.    The type is NEODREPANIS CORUSCANS, sp. n.   ...   It is much to be regretted that this pretty little bird is not quite in full plumage; but the colour of its metallic upper surface shows that it is not a Mascarene or African Sun-bird, with nearly every one of which I am acquainted.  It is, moreover, evidently the type of an entirely new genus, and undoubtedly distinct from every Sun-bird known to me or represented in the Museum." (Sharpe 1875).

Gr. ὑπο hupo  beneath; ξανθος xanthos  yellow (cf. ὑποξανθος hupoxanthos  yellowish, lightish-brown).
● ex “Pico grueso pardo y canela” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 122, and “Fringilla hypoxantha” of Lichtenstein MS (Sporophila).