Yellow-eared Toucanet / Selenidera spectabilis

Yellow-eared Toucanet / Selenidera spectabilis

Yellow-eared Toucanet

SCI Name:  Selenidera spectabilis
Protonym:  Selenidera spectabilis Proc.Acad.Nat.Sci.Philadelphia 9(1857) p.214
Taxonomy:  Piciformes / Ramphastidae /
Taxonomy Code:  yeetou1
Type Locality:  Cucuyos de Veragua, Panama.
Publish Year:  1858
IUCN Status:  


(Ramphastidae; Ϯ Gould's Toucanet S. gouldii) Gr. σεληνη selēnē  moon; δειρη deirē or δερα dera  neck, collar; "Genus SELENIDERA.   CHARACTERES GENERICI.  Rostrum brevius et crassius quam in genere Pteroglosso, nec non cauda brevior est ratione ad magnitudinem corporis habita; inter sexus color differt, mare caput pectusque nigra habente; his partibus fœmina castaneis; plumæ auriculares flavæ; lunulaque flava cervicem imum cingit. Ad hanc notam titula generica refert.  ...  The genus Aulacorhynchus having been very generally adopted, I take this opportunity of making a further subdivision of the family by separating from the true Pteroglossi (of which Ptero. araçari and Ptero. pluricinctus are typical examples,) the following species, viz. Pteroglossus Gouldii, Ptero. maculirostris, Ptero. Nattereri, Ptero. Reinwardsii, Ptero. Langsdorffii, and Ptero. Culik, under the generic name of Selenidera  ...  They are distinguished by yellow ear-coverts, and a lunar-shaped band of the same colour across the lower part of the neck, to which latter peculiarity our subgeneric title alludes." (Gould 1837); "Selenidera Gould, Icon. Av., pt. 1, 1837, pl. [7] and text. Type, by subsequent designation, S. Gouldii (Natt.) = Pteroglossus gouldii Natterer (G. R. Gray, List Gen. Bds., 1840, p. 50.)" (Peters 1948, VI, 79).
Synon. Piperivorus, Ramphastoides.

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).