Microeca Griseoceps Bird

Microeca Griseoceps Bird

Microeca Griseoceps Bird

English Name:  Yellow-legged Flycatcher
Latin Name:  Microeca griseoceps
Protonym:  Microeca griseoceps AnnualRep.Brit.NewGuinea(1893-1894) App.EE p.101
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Petroicidae / Microeca
Taxonomy Code:  yelfly4
Type Locality:  Mt. Maneao, southeastern New Guinea.
Author:  De Vis
Publish Year:  1894
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


(Petroicidae; Ϯ Jacky Winter M. fascinans assimilis) Gr. μικρος mikros  small; οικα oika  to be like (cf. “They build tiny shallow nests - the smallest of any Australian bird  ... Their generic name Microeca is derived from the Greek micros, small, and oikos, house” (Pizzey & Knight 2007); the nidification and habits of the Jacky Winter are not referred to in the original description); “A new species from Swan River, which, with the Muscicapa macroptera of Messrs. Vigors and Horsfield, I propose to erect into a new genus under the name of Micrœca.   Genus MICRŒCA.   Characteres generici.—Rostrum quam caput brevius, depressum, ad basin latum, gonyide recto, apice incurvo et leviter denticulato.  Nares rotundatæ, ad basin rostri vibrissis validis instructam positæ. Alæ longæ et fortes, remigum primo brevi, terti longissimo.  Cauda aliquanto brevis, et fere quadrata.  Tarsi mediocres, debiles.  Digiti debiles; externus quam internus valde longior.  As the species now exhibited closely assimilates to the M. macroptera, I propose to designate it as  MICRŒCA ASSIMILIS.  ...  Nearly allied to but much less in size than Muscicapa macroptera Vig. and Horsf.”(Gould 1841); "Microeca Gould, 1841, Proc. Zool. Soc. London (1840), p. 172. Type, by monotypy, Microeca assimilis Gould." (Mayr in Peters 1986, XI, 557).
Var. Micraeca, Micrueca.
Synon. Kempia.

Med. L. griseum  grey; L. -ceps  -crowned  < caput, capitis  head.


Yellow-legged Flycatcher (occidentalis)
Latin Name: Microeca griseoceps occidentalis
occidentale / occidentalis
L. occidentalis  western  < occidens, occidentis  west  < occidere  to set. This toponym was frequently given to taxa discovered in locations west of previously known populations.
● Cocal, Western Andes, Colombia (Dysithamnus).
● Jamaica; ex “Onocrotalus” or “Pelecanus fuscus” of Sloane 1725, “Pelican of America” of Edwards 1747, and “Pelecanus” of Browne 1756 (Pelecanus).
● TL. Day Dawn, Western Australia; "Westralian Wedgebill" (Mathews 1912) (Psophodes).

Yellow-legged Flycatcher (griseoceps)
Latin Name: Microeca griseoceps griseoceps
Med. L. griseum  grey; L. -ceps  -crowned  < caput, capitis  head.

Yellow-legged Flycatcher (kempi)
Latin Name: Microeca griseoceps kempi
● Robert "Robin" Kemp (1871-1949) English accountant, naturalist, collector in Sierra Leone 1902-1904, New Zealand 1906-1907, East Africa 1908-1909, Australia 1912-1914, and Argentina 1916-1917 (syn. Chalcophaps longirostris rogersi, syn. Chloebia gouldiae, subsp. Cinnyris chloropygius, subsp. Cracticus mentalis, syn. Dacelo leachii, syn. Egretta garzetta immaculata, subsp. Estrilda astrild, syn. Falco berigora, subsp. Kempiella griseoceps, Macrosphenus, syn. Myiagra ruficollis mimikae, syn. Myzomela erythrocephala infuscata, subsp. Philemon argenticeps, syn. Polyboroides typus pectoralis, syn. Puffinus elegans, syn. Rhipidura fuliginosa placabilis, syn. Rhipidura rufifrons, syn. Sterna sumatrana, subsp. Tockus erythrorhynchus).
● Dr Stanley Wells Kemp (1882-1945) British marine biologist, explorer, Superintendent of the Zoological Survey of India 1910-1924, Director of Plymouth Marine Laboratory 1936-1945 (syn. Rhipidura albicollis stanleyi).