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Old Friday 14th September 2018, 16:33   #1
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Pyrrhuloxia

The type locality of Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus from the protologue is "Western parts of Mexico" (my emphasis).

But the subspecies list at IOC gives the nominate subspecies as eastern Mexico, and with a wetsern subspecies C. s. fulvescens in western Mexico.

Has IOC got it wrong? Should the western subspecies not be the nominate one?

Also, does anyone know the source of the English name 'Pyrrhuloxia'? Sounds like a scientific genus name coined by someone who wanted to split it off from Cardinalis.
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https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/...e/772/mode/1up .
Subgenus under Cardinalis for Zapatecas bird. "occ Zapatecas' Western Zapatecas?
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Old Friday 14th September 2018, 21:57   #3
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Thanks! Zacatecas could be either sspp., as it extends from central to SW Mexico, but the main heavily inhabited areas are in the wetter SW. "Mexico occ. Zacatecas" I'd think means 'western Mexico, Zacatecas'.


Any idea who raised it to genus? Avibase cites the AOU 1st ed. checklist having it so by 1886.
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Re. sspp, you should read van Rossem 1934 [here].

Pyrrhuloxia was raised to full genus by Bonaparte himself.
- Bonaparte & Schlegel 1850, Monographie des Loxiens, [here]: "Cardinalis sinuatus qui ŕ la vérité pourrait constituer un genre ŕ part (Pyrrhuloxia?)"; he was obviously still undecided at this point.
- Bonaparte 1853, in the Collections Delattre series of papers [here]: here the taxon is listed as a full genus.

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Excellent, thanks!
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Thanks! Zacatecas could be either sspp., as it extends from central to SW Mexico, but the main heavily inhabited areas are in the wetter SW.
This assumes that current day borders of Zacatecas are the same as they would have been at the time of Bonaparte. Many other areas have been moved, split, renamed, etc. etc. during that period.

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This assumes that current day borders of Zacatecas are the same as they would have been at the time of Bonaparte. Many other areas have been moved, split, renamed, etc. etc. during that period.

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