MACHEIRAMPHUS

(Accipitridae; Ϯ Bat Hawk M. alcinus) Gr. μαχαιρα makhaira  knife; ῥαμφος rhamphos  bill; "Son bec, extrêmement petit, très-comprimé, à arète tranchante, ressemblant à celui des Alcæ, a décidé Schlegel lui-même, ennemi déclaré des genres nouveaux, à le considérer comme tel sous le nom de Macheiramphus" (Bonaparte 1850); “For about a century Westerman’s [1851] name was used, not least because it was believed, erroneously, to have been published in 1848  ...  Deignan [1960] pointed out that Bonaparte’s name had priority and should be brought into use  ...  Amadon (1979) in Peters’ Check-list  ...  (I: 289) restored Westerman’s name, arguing that Bonaparte’s name is a nomen oblitum” (Brooke & Clancey 1981).
Var. Macheirhamphus, Macherhamphus, Machaerirhamphus, Machaerorhamphus, Machaerhamphus, Machaeramphus.
Synon. Stringonyx.

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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 22 October 2018).