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The meaning of Batis BOIE 1833

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Old Tuesday 10th September 2013, 15:28   #1
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Post The meaning of Batis BOIE 1833

There seem to be some different views of the meaning of the Generic Name Batis (as in, for example, Cape Batis Batis capensis).

Maybe the original description, in old-fashioned German, of this Generic name can reveal anything? Anyone, with knowledge of German, might be able to answer?

Boie, F. 1833. Fernere Bemerkungen über Classification der Vögel. Isis. Encyclopädische Zeitschrift, vorzüglich für Naturgeschichte, vergleichende Anatomie und Physiologie, von Oken 26 (9): 876-884. (Attached)
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the batis is an unidentified grub eating bird from Aristotle, according to Mr. Jobling.
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Aristotle's batis might refer to the Linnet

http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/1998/98.5.16.html

There's unfortunately no etymology in Boie's description.
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Batis was a bird mentioned by Aristotle, but never identified. It fed on grubs or worms and appears to have got its name from its bramble-bush habitat (Greek batos, bramble). My Greek lexicon suggests that it may have been the Stonechat. Boie 1833, Isis von Oken, col. 880, gave no etymology, but may have thought that the Muscicapa strepitans of Lichtenstein (= Batis capensis) resembled the Stonechat or that it inhabited bramble-bushes.
For those interested in the ancient Greek bird-names I can recommend, "Birds in the Ancient World from A to Z", by W. Geoffrey Arnott (2007) (pub. Routledge) (ISBN 10: 0-415-23851-X)
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Melanie, James and "mb1848",

Thank you all ...

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... There's unfortunately no etymology in Boie's description.
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... that´s what I presumed. Knowing this makes me "wrap-up" the entry on Batis.
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