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Karl Johan Ove Mønster Aagaard (1882-1950) Danish hydro-engineer, naturalist, resident in Thailand 1910-1932, collector (Björn Bergenholtz in litt.) (subsp. Ketupa ketupu).


Danish name Aalge for an auk  < Old Norse Alka  auk (Uria).


(syn. Gnorimopsar Ϯ Chopi Blackbird G. chopi) Gr. ααπτος aaptos  invincible, not to be touched  < negative prefix α- a- ; απτω aptō  to seize; "Aphobus Cabanis (1851), for a South American icterine bird is preoccupied by Aphobus Gistel (Naturgesch, XI, 1848 ["A remarkable dull and confused publication, not hitherto noticed by ichthyologists" (Jordan 1963)]), and may be renamed Aaptus (type, Agelaius chopi Vieillot)." (Richmond 1902).  Var. Aaptos, Aptus.


Abaco I., Bahama Is.


Marie Eugène Anne René Marquis d’Abadie (1895-1971) French ornithologist, collector, zoologist (subsp. Cettia castaneocoronata, subsp. Lophophanes cristatus).


(syn. Thamnophilus Ϯ Black-hooded Antshrike T. bridgesi) Gr. negative prefix α- a- ; βαλιος balios  dappled, spotted; "Thamnophilus punctatus n. sp.  ...  Diese Abweichungen charakterisiren den Vogel als Typus einer eigenen Gruppe: Abalios (von α privativum und βαλιος, schekig, bunt,)" (Cabanis 1861); "Type, by subsequent designation, Thamnophilus punctatus Cabanis 1861 = Thamnophilus bridgesi Sclater [not Lanius punctatus Shaw, 1809 = Thamnophilus punctatus (Shaw)]" (Peters 1951, VII, 163).


Abary River, British Guiana (= Guyana).

abaya / abayensis

Lake Abaya, southern Abyssinia (= Ethiopia).


Late L. abbas, abbatis  abbot  < L. abba  father.
● "70. [Tanagra] Abbas Lichtenst.  Körper gelbgrün, Kopf blau, Flügel schwarz mit gelbem Spiegel." (Deppe 1830 per Cabanis 1863); probably complimenting Tanagra episcopus Linnaeus, 1766 (Tangara).


Dr Charles Greeley Abbot (1872-1973) US astrophysicist, Assistant Secretary/ Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 1918-1944 (syn. Erythropygia coryphaeus).


● Dr William Louis Abbott (1860-1936) US surgeon, explorer, ethnologist, naturalist who collected widely around the world 1883-1923 (syn. Brachypodius atriceps baweanus, syn. Butorides striata javanica, subsp. Cacatua sulphurea, subsp. Calyptophilus frugivorusCelebesica, syn. Chlorophoneus multicolor, subsp. Cinnyris souimanga, syn. Coccyzus minor, subsp. Cyanecula svecica, subsp. Dryolimnas cuvieri, syn. Hirundo tahitica javanica, subsp. Hypothymis azurea, syn. Kittacincla malabarica tricolor, syn. Lybius leucocephalus albicauda, subsp. Megapodius nicobariensis, subsp. Nesoctites micromegas, subsp. Nyctibius jamaicensis, Papasula, syn. Phodilus badius, subsp. Pitta sordida, subsp. Psittacula alexandri, Psittinus, subsp. Spilornis cheela, syn. Streptopelia picturata rostrata, subsp. Threskiornis bernieri, syn. Treron vernans).
● Lt.-Col. John Richard Abbott (1811-1888) British Army, Assistant-Commissioner of the Arakan, Burma 1837-1845 (Malacocincla).


(syn. Leptopterus Ϯ Chabert Vanga L. chabert) Dr William Louis Abbott (1860-1936) US surgeon, explorer, ethnologist, naturalist, collector; Gr. ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "ABBOTTORNIS1 CHA-BERT (Müller).  ... 1Abbottornis, new generic name for Leptopterus, BONAPARTE, 1850 (nec Leptoptera, BOISDUVAL, 1842)" (Richmond 1897).

abbreviata / abbreviatus

L. abbreviatus  short-, shortened  < abbreviare  to shorten  < brevis  short.