CALLIOPE

(Muscicapidae; Ϯ Siberian Rubythroat C. calliope) Specific name Motacilla calliope Pallas, 1776; "Genus CALLIOPE ... GORGET WARBLER ... Among the subdivisions into which the Sylviadæ are now distributed, we do not find one to which we can strictly refer the present beautiful bird; we have therefore ventured to form a new genus for its reception, taking the specific appellation of Pallas for its generic designation ... In the silky character of its plumage, in the presence of the gorget, and in the great difference between the sexes, it evinces a close affinity to the Blue-throated Warbler (Phœnicura Suecica), but in its general form and contour it approximates to the Nightingale (Philomela Luscinia), to which we consider it to be most nearly allied" (Gould 1837).
Synon. Melodes.

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Recommended citation
Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 13 December 2018).