Parmoptila Rubrifrons Bird
Protonym: Pholidornis rubrifrons Ibis p.182
Taxonomy: Passeriformes / Estrildidae / Parmoptila
Taxonomy Code: refant1
Type Locality: Denkera, Ghana.
Author: Sharpe & Ussher
Publish Year: 1872
IUCN Status: Near Threatened
(Estrildidae; Ϯ Woodhouse's Antpecker P. woodhousei) Gr. παρμη parmē small round shield; πτιλον ptilon feather; “Genus PARMOPTILA, nobis. Allied to Pardalotus. Size small, bill thick, rather wide at base, depressed, curved. Wing moderate, first quill spurious, second and third longest, tail moderate, legs rather strong, toes moderate, claws strong. Feathers of the head and throat in the present species, scale-like. 66. PARMOPTILA WOODHOUSEI, nobis. ♂. Head and throat covered with rounded, scale-like feathers, which are rufous, lighter on the throat, brighter and nearly brick-red on the forehead. ... This is the only bird from Western Africa that I have ever seen which belongs to the Pardalotinæ. It is easily distinguished specifically by its rufous head and throat and spotted under parts, and is a very curious and handsome little bird. This bird is named in honor of my friend Samuel W. Woodhouse, M.D., of this city, an accomplished and promising young naturalist and scientific traveller in the western countries of the United States.” (Cassin 1859); "Parmoptila Cassin, 1859, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 11, p. 40. Type, by monotypy, Parmoptila Woodhousei Cassin." (Traylor in Peters 1968, XIV, 308).
Synon. Lobornis, Rhodornis.
L. ruber red; frons, frontis forehead, brow.
● ex “Perruche à bandeau rouge” of Levaillant 1801-1805 (syn. Glossopsitta concinna).
UPPERCASE: current genus
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