Sheppardia Lowei Bird
Protonym: Alethe lowei Bull.Br.Orn.Club 61 p.61
Taxonomy: Passeriformes / Muscicapidae / Sheppardia
Taxonomy Code: iriaka1
Type Locality: Njombe area, southern Tanganyika.
Author: Grant & Mackworth-Praed
Publish Year: 1941
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
(Muscicapidae; † East Coast Akalat S. gunningi) Percy Alexander Sheppard (1875-1958) British farmer, oologist, entomologist, collector, settler in Mozambique 1898-1916, and Rhodesia / Zimbabwe 1916-1958; "I have named the first species [Batis sheppardi] after its discoverer, and for the second a new genus seems necessary to which I have also attached the name of its collector ... SHEPPARDIA, gen. nov. Resembling Bradornis in the narrower bill (6.25 mm. broad at the base), tail shorter than the wing and nearly square (only the outer feather on either side hardly a mm. shorter than the others); differing from that genus in that the fourth to sixth primaries are the longest, the second longer than the eighth; rictal bristles well developed, reaching to within 5 mm. of the tip of the bill. SHEPPARDIA GUNNINGI, sp. nov. ... This bird, which in general coloration resembles the Callene cyornithopsis of Sharpe (Bull. B. O. C. XII, 1901 and Ibis, 1902, p. 95, plate 4), and which I at first took for C. sharpei or C. aequatorialis, differs from these birds in its almost square tail, and in not agreeing with Reichenow's diagnosis of the generic character: "Schnabel seitlich zusammen gedrueckt," whereas this bird has a flatter bill, resembling that of Bradornis, but a little more slender." (Haagner 1909); "Sheppardia Haagner, 1909, Ann. Transvaal Mus., 1, p. 180. Type, by monotypy, Sheppardia gunningi Haagner." (Ripley in Peters, 1964, X, p. 33).
Synon. Gabelatrix, Prosheppardia, Vibrissosylvia.
● Willoughby Prescott Lowe (1872-1949) British ornithologist, explorer, collector in America, Asia and Africa (syn. Cyanomitra olivacea ragazzii, syn. Pterocles quadricinctus, Sheppardia, syn. Sylvietta rufescens ansorgei).
● Capt. Dr Percy Roycroft Lowe (1870-1948) British Army, surgeon, ornithologist at BMNH 1919-1935 (subsp. Fregata magnificens, syn. Stellula calliope, subsp. Tachymarptis aequatorialis, subsp. Treron apicauda).
● Revd. Richard Thomas Lowe (1802-1874) English naturalist, botanist, malacologist, chaplain on Madeira 1832-1854 (Rallus).
UPPERCASE: current genus
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Gr.: ancient Greek
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OD: original diagnosis (genus) or original description (species)