Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology

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albicristata / albicristatus

L. albus white; cristatus crested  < crista  crest.

albocristata / albocristatus

L. albus white; cristatus crested, plumed < crista crest, plume.

citrinocristata / citrinocristatus

Med. L. citrinus  yellow, citrine  < L. citrus  citron, citrus; L. cristatus crested  < crista  crest.


L. cristatus  crested, plumed, tufted  < crista  crest, plume, tuft. This epithet refers not only to obvious coronal crests of various shapes and sizes, but also to frontal knobs, ear tufts, and upstanding rictal bristles or feathers.
● ex “Alcedo amboinensis cristata” of Seba 1734, and “Ispida philippensis cristata” of Brisson 1760 (syn. Alcedo vintsioides).
● ex “Psittacus albus cristatus” of Aldrovandus 1646 (syn. Cacatua alba).
● ex “Cariama” of Marcgrave 1648 (Cariama).
● ex “Coucou huppé de Madagascar” of Brisson 1760 (Coua).
● ex “Touraco géant” of Levaillant 1806 (Corythaeola).
● ex “Pica glandaria cærulea cristata. Blew Jay” of Catesby 1731 (Cyanocitta).
● ex “Foulque de Madagascar” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 797, “Grande Foulque à crête” of de Buffon 1770-1783, and “Crested Coot” of Latham 1785 (Fulica).
● ex “Alauda cristata major” of Willughby 1676, and “Greater Crested Lark” of Ray 1713, and Albin 1740 (Galerida).
● ex “Crested Gallinule” of Latham 1785 (syn. Gallicrex cinerea).
● ex “Phasianus cristatus Indicus” of Brisson 1760, and “Great Crowned Indian Pigeon” of Edwards 1761 (Goura).
● ex “Crestudo amarillo” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 129 (Gubernatrix).
● ex “Crested Falcon” of Dillon 1780, and “Caracca Falcon” of Latham 1781 (syn. Harpia harpyja).
● ex “Hirondelle Huppé” of Levaillant 1807, pl. 247 (?syn. Hirundo sp.).
● ex “Crested Duck” of Latham 1785 (syn. Lophonetta specularioides).
ex “Chouette à Aigrette Blanc” of Levaillant 1799, pl. 43 (Lophostrix).
● ex “Courlis huppé de Madagascar” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 841, and “Courlis huppé” of de Buffon 1770-1785 (Lophotibis).
● ex “Spatule huppée de l’isle de Luçon” of Sonnerat 1776 (syn. Platalea alba).
● ex “Rouloul de Malacca” of Sonnerat 1782, and “Lesser crowned Pigeon” of Latham 1783 (syn. Rollulus rouloul).
● ex “Muscicapa senegalensis cristata” of Brisson 1760, “Gobe-mouche huppé du Sénégal” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 573, fig. 2, and “Crested Senegal Fly-catcher” of Latham 1783 (syn. Terpsiphone viridis).
● ex “Bec-de-Fer” of Levaillant 1801, pl. 79 (Sparactes; artefact).
● see cristatus

flavocristata / flavocristatus

L. flavus yellow, golden-yellow; cristatus crested, plumed < crista crest, plume.

griseocristata / griseocristatus

Med. L. griseum  grey; L. cristatus  crested, plumed  < crista  crest, plume.

luteocristata / luteocristatus

L. luteus  saffron-yellow  < lutum  saffron; cristatus  crested  < crista  crest, tuft.


Gr. μικρος mikros  small; L. cristatus  crested  < crista  crest, tuft.

nigrocristata / nigrocristatus

L. niger  black; cristatus  crested  < crista  crest.

rubricristata / rubricristatus

L. ruber  red; cristatus  crested  < crista  crest.

rubrocristata / rubrocristatus

L. ruber  red; cristatus  crested  < crista  crest, plume.


L. rufus  red; cristatus  crested  < crista  crest.

subcristata / subcristatus

L. sub  slightly, somewhat; cristatus  crested  < crista  crest.
● ex “Contramaestre capetillo ordinario” of de Azara 1802-1805, no. 160 (Serpophaga).
● L. sub  near to; specific name Emberiza cristata Vigors, 1831 (= syn. Melophus lathami) (syn. Melophus lathami).
● L. sub  near to; specific name Colymbus cristatus Linnaeus, 1758 (syn. Podiceps grisegena).