(syn. Oxyura Ϯ Blue-billed Duck O. australis) L. pervicax, pervicacis  firm, stiff  < per-  very; vincere  to overcome; cauda  tail; "The genotype of Oxyura Bonaparte, 1828, and of Erismatura, 1832, of the same author, is Anas jamaicensis Gmelin, which has twenty tail feathers.  In The Birds of Australia, vol. 4, p. 136, February 17, 1915, I fully diagnosed the genus as applied to the Australian bird described by Gould in 1837 as Oxyura australis, which has sixteen tail feathers, and therefore requires a genus name on account of this structural difference.  Pervicauda genus new, for Oxyura australis Gould, with sixteen tail feathers, thus differing from A. jamaicensis, which has twenty tail feathers" (Mathews 1945).

Search for more names on the Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology by James A. Jobling.
Recommended citation
Jobling, J. A. (2020). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2020). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 29 February 2020).