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TURNAGRA

‡ (Oriolidae; Ϯ South Island Piopio T. capensis) Portmanteau of genera Turdus Linnaeus, 1785, thrush, and Tanagra, Linnaeus, 1766, tanager. The piopios are now considered primitive orioles allied to Sphecotheres, although there is a recent suggestion that they were aberrant bowerbirds Ptilonorhynchidae. Anders Sparrman, the Swedish botanist and author, was based at Cape Town and accompanied the Forsters on Cook’s Resolution voyage around the world 1772–1775. However, with the passage of time, he became confused over the correct provenance of many of the specimens obtained on the voyage, including the piopio. “Les kokos (turnagra N.) tiennent des grands tangaras, des durs-becs et des grives, qu’ils représentent à la Nouvelle-Zélande” (Lesson 1837); “C’est des tangaras que nous rapprochons cet oiseau nouveau, bien qu’il ait des caractères qui l’en éloignent, comme par exemple d’avoir une dentelure bien plus prononcée à la mandibule supérieure. Il est de la grosseur des grives” (Quoy & Gaimard 1837).
Synon. Keropia, Otagon.