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(Tyrannidae; Ϯ Piratic Flycatcher L. leucophaius) Specific name Muscicapa legatus Lichtenstein, 1823; "ELAINIA PLACENS.   ...   This is the only species of true Elainia which I have yet met with from Mexico, the Elænia texensis of my Mexican lists being strictly a Myiozetetes, and the Elænia variegata belonging to a section which I intend to denominate Legatus (type, Legatus albicollis (Vieill.) = Muscicapa legatus, Licht.)" (P. Sclater 1859); "Legatus Sclater, 1859, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 27, p. 46 (in text). Type, by original designation, "Legatus albicollis (Vieillot) = Muscicapa legatus, Licht." = Platyrhynchos leucophaius Vieillot." (Traylor in Peters 1979, VIII, 219). The Piratic Flycatcher is aptly named, noisily pestering caciques and oropendolas and taking over their pendant nests.


L. legatus  governor  < legare  to appoint  < lex, legis  law, rule.


(Tyrannidae; Ϯ Northern Scrub Flycatcher S. arenarum glaber) L. sub  near to; genus Legatus Sclater, 1859, piratic flycatcher; “76. SUBLEGATUS GLABER, sp. et gen. nov.  (Pl. XIII. fig. 2.)  Apparently the adult of the bird numbered 1340a in Sclater's 'American Catalogue.' It is not quite a Legatus, and in some aspects comes nearer to Elainea; but we are not able to refer it satisfactorily to any other genus. We propose, therefore, to give it a new name, with the following characters:—  SUBLEGATUS, gen. nov.  Habitus generalis Elaineæ, sed narium aperturis seorsum versis, rotundatis et omnino patentibus.  Rostrum aliter fere sicut in genere Legato, sed magis depressum.  Rictus setis paucis et inconspicuis armatus.  Alæ subbreves: remige tertio quarto et quinto æqualibus et longissimis, primo nonum fere æquante: secundo sextum paulo excedente.  Cauda longa, fere quadrata.  Tarsi sicut in Elainea, sed robustiores." (P. Sclater & Salvin 1868); "Sublegatus Sclater and Salvin, 1868, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, p. 171. Type, by monotypy, Sublegatus glaber Sclater and Salvin." (Traylor in Peters 1979, VIII, 18).