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Calidris melanotos + Tringa melanoleuca (1 Viewer)

Gonçalo Elias

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Hi all,

I would like to understand the origin of these two names:

Calidris melanotos - the specific name stands for black back, however this bird is not really black on the back. Does this name make sense?

Tringa melanoleuca - the specific name means black and white, however these two colours are not a good description of this bird. Perhaps it refers to the dark plumage with pale spots?



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Calidris melanotos OD here. It might be worth to check what Azara here p.333 de 501 (in the book 317) wrote but Vieillot claimed:

Les plumes du devant et de côtes du cou noirâtre dans leur milieu et blanchâtres sur leurs bords.

I assume it is about the los centros obscuros.

OD of Tringa melanoleuca here. I assume due to:

corpore ex albo et nigro vario

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