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RAMSAYORNIS

(Meliphagidae; Ϯ Brown-backed Honeyeater R. modestus) Dr Edward Pierson Ramsay (1842-1916) Australian zoologist, Curator of Australian Mus., Sydney 1874-1894 (cf. subsp. name Gliciphila modesta ramsayi Mathews 1912 (= syn. Ramsayornis modestus)); Gr. ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos bird; "1,187. RAMSAYORNIS, gen. nov.  Differs from Gliciphila in its shorter but comparatively stouter bill, with weaker legs and feet; the wing is shorter and the tail comparatively much shorter, while the first and second primaries are proportionately shorter.  Type, Gliciphila subfasciata Ramsay." (Mathews 1912); "Ramsayornis Mathews, 1912, Austral Avian Rec., 1, p. 115. Type, by original designation, Gliciphila subfasciata Ramsay = Glyciphila modesta G. R. Gray." (Salomonsen in Peters 1967, XII, 431).
Synon. Ryanornis.

SAYORNIS

(Tyrannidae; Ϯ Black Phoebe S. nigricans) Thomas Say (1787-1834) US entomologist, first Secretary of Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia 1812, naturalist on Long's expeditions to the Rocky Mts. 1819-1820, 1823 (cf. specific name Muscicapa saya Bonaparte, 1825); Gr. ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "Les VOLUCRES MUSCIVORES nous offrent, parmi les Tyranniens si faciles à disposer en admirable parallélisme avec les Fluvicoliens réformés:   ...   Sayornis nigricans, Bp." (Bonaparte 1854); "Sayornis Bonaparte, 1854, Compt. Rend. Acad. Sci. Paris, p. 657. Type, by monotypy, Sayornis nigricans Bonaparte = Tyrannula nigricans Swainson." (Traylor in Peters 1979, VIII, 147).   
Synon. Aulanax, Empidias, Theromyias.