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Question on origin of conversa

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Old Thursday 31st January 2019, 20:35   #1
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Question on origin of conversa

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L. conversus swept together, swept up < converrere to sweep together.
As I am not skilled in latin I am just wondering why Zimmer have choosen this name from from description Hylocharis cyanus conversa p. 24?

There is a German word Konvers = conversely, to the contrary. Isn't it a possible origin. Or do I misunderstand the word swept together?

But as I said, I must admit that it might be just me to understand what this subspecies swept togeather to get his name. I even have no idea why conversely might be the origin except that it is in contrary to the other subspecies.

Maybe someone can enlight me to understand the intention of Zimmer.
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Old Thursday 31st January 2019, 22:09   #2
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The name conversa refers to the unseen specimens of this hummingbird from the Brazilian Mato Grosso and the Paraguayan Chaco being swept up with the Bolivian specimens originally given this name (see p. 25 of the paper).
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