It’s Sunday, and that means we have a themed batch of bird photos from John Avise. John’s captions are indented, and you can enlarge his photos by clicking on them.
Eponymous Birds, Part 1: Non-Passerines
Eponymous species are those named after a particular person, typically the scientist or explorer who discovered and described that species. Dozens of North American birds are eponymous. Today’s post provides several examples that involve non-Passeriforme species (next week’s post will show some eponymous members of the Passeriformes). To learn much more about each person after which a bird was named, you can do a Google search (such as “Buller, ornithologist”; or “Buller’s Shearwater”) and read the relevant Wikipedia link. Because nobody is faultless, I wonder how many of today’s eponymous names will ultimately survive the ruthless scrutiny of Critical Race Theory! All of these pictures were taken in Southern California.
JAC note: Do notice that the majority of the birds contain the eponym in their Latin binomial as well as in their common name. If you’re going to eliminate the eponyms, you nevertheless still must keep the Latin name, which cannot be erased.
Buller’s Shearwater, Puffinus bulleri:
Brandt’s Cormorant, Phalacrocorax penicillatus:
Swainson’s Hawk, Buteo swainsoni (light phase):
Swainson’s Hawk, dark phase:
Cooper’s Hawk, adult, Accipiter cooperii:
Baird’s Sandpiper, Calidris bairdii:
Bonaparte’s Gull, Larus philadelphia:
Forster’s Tern, Sterna forsteri:
Heermann’s Gull, Larus heermanni:
Costa’s Hummingbird, Calypte costae:
Gambel’s Quail, Callipepla gambelii:
Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Picoides nuttallii:
Ross’s Goose, Chen rossii:
Vaux’s Swift, Chaetura vauxi:
Wilson’s Phalarope, Phalaropus tricolor:
Wilson’s Plover, Charadrius wilsonia: