SIALIA

(Turdidae; Ϯ Eastern Bluebird S. sialis) Specific name Sylvia Sialis Wilson, 1808; "SIALIA. Sw. in Zool. Journ. No. 10.  37. Sialia azurea?  Sylvia Sialis? Wilson i. pl. 3. f. 3.  Common on the Table land at Real del Monte and other places. I have some doubts whether this is not a distinct species: my specimen is of a young bird." (Swainson 1827, Philos. Mag., new ser., I (May)); "SIALIA.   ...   Bill short, the base depressed, the sides compressed, culmen slightly elevated: nostrils partly hid by setaceous feathers: mouth wide, and slightly bearded" (Swainson 1827, Zool. Journ., III (September)); "Sialia Swainson, 1827, Phil. Mag., n.s., 1 (5), p. 369. Type, by monotypy [and virtual tautonymy], Sialia azurea Swainson = Motacilla sialis Linnaeus." (Ripley in Peters 1964, X, 83). Although famed in song and literature, the Eastern Bluebird is a declining bird of eastern North America.
Var. Sialis.
Synon. Erythaca, Scyrornis.

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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 18 December 2018).