SCOPUS

(Scopidae; Ϯ Hamerkop S. umbretta) Gr. σκια skia  shade, shadow; "Genus Scopi (1)  Le genre de l'Ombrette.(1)  ...  (1) Scopus a σκια, id est, umbra: ab umbræ; unde nomen.  ...  (1) Ombrette. Je l'ai ainsi nommée, à cause de la couleur d'ombre, dont toutes ses plumes sont teintes" (Brisson 1760); “Scopus of Brisson  ...  he calls it Scopus  ...  a shade, and Ombrette from the general deep brown of its plumage” (Pennant 1773); "Scopus Briss. Gm. (umbretta Gm)  ...  Obs. nomen bene formatum: σκοπος, speculator" (Sundevall 1873) (Gr. σκοπος skopos  watcher, guardian  < σκοπεω skopeō  to spy out); "Scopus Brisson, Orn., 1, 1760, p. 48; 5, 1760, p. 503. Type, by monotypy, Scopus = Scopus umbretta Gmelin." (Peters 1931, 1, 126).
Synon. Cepphus, Scops, Umbretta.

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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 19 December 2018).