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Old Saturday 6th June 2009, 22:07   #1
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As we are finishing our 2 hour documentary about the birds of Hispaniola we just wondered about the origin of the common name "Mango" (Anthracothorax sp.) in general. Would be nice to know. Thanks for the help.
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Hi Jurgen.

All I know is that the scientific name commemorates the French naturalist Florent Prevost. Nothing about where its common name originated from though. Will be interesting to hear.
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In a threat from the public's library and digital archive from the University of N. Carolina we found following suggestion by Shantanu Phukan:

"In addition to meaning the tropical fruit that we all know, colloquial Spanish has two other meanings for 'mango'. One of these is 'money', and the other is 'a stunningly attractive person'.
Thus, 'to be without mango' is an idiom meaning 'to be broke'; 'to BE a mango' is 'to be a real hunk', or 'to be a real stunner.' I would imagine that some central american hummers are called 'mangoes' in the second colloquial sense of this word: even on a cloudy, cheerless day like yesterday the green on our mango's back was shining bright. It is, indeed, a stunner. The generic, popular name for hummers in Spanish is either 'colibri' or 'picaflor'--a flower prober.
The other connection I can imagine between the hummer and its popular name is purely visual: its plump and curved body shape and green color (minus bill and tail) is indeed that of a mango--an unripe one, that is.
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