MICROECA

(Petroicidae; Ϯ Jacky Winter M. fascinans assimilis) Gr. μικρος mikros  small; οικα oika  to be like (cf. “They build tiny shallow nests - the smallest of any Australian bird  ... Their generic name Microeca is derived from the Greek micros, small, and oikos, house” (Pizzey & Knight 2007); the nidification and habits of the Jacky Winter are not referred to in the original description); “A new species from Swan River, which, with the Muscicapa macroptera of Messrs. Vigors and Horsfield, I propose to erect into a new genus under the name of Micrœca.   Genus MICRŒCA.   Characteres generici.—Rostrum quam caput brevius, depressum, ad basin latum, gonyide recto, apice incurvo et leviter denticulato.  Nares rotundatæ, ad basin rostri vibrissis validis instructam positæ. Alæ longæ et fortes, remigum primo brevi, terti longissimo.  Cauda aliquanto brevis, et fere quadrata.  Tarsi mediocres, debiles.  Digiti debiles; externus quam internus valde longior.  As the species now exhibited closely assimilates to the M. macroptera, I propose to designate it as  MICRŒCA ASSIMILIS.  ...  Nearly allied to but much less in size than Muscicapa macroptera Vig. and Horsf.”(Gould 1841); "Microeca Gould, 1841, Proc. Zool. Soc. London (1840), p. 172. Type, by monotypy, Microeca assimilis Gould." (Mayr in Peters 1986, XI, 557).
Var. Micraeca, Micrueca.
Synon. Kempia.

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Recommended citation
Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 23 January 2019).