Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology

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aeneorufa

L. aeneus  of a bronze colour  < aes, aeris  bronze; rufus  rufous, red.

atrorufa

L. ater black; rufus rufous.

azurufa

Med. L. azureus  azure-coloured  < azura  lapis lazuli; L. rufus rufous.
● ex “Azurou” of Levaillant 1805, pl. 158  < French azur  sky-blue  < Med. L. azura  lapis lazuli; roux  russet (unident.).

cinereorufa

L. cinereus  ash-coloured  < cinis, cineris  ashes; rufus  rufous.

fuscorufa / fuscorufus

L. fuscus dusky, dark; rufus rufous.

nigrorufa / nigrorufus

L. niger  black; rufus  red.
● ex “Coucal Noirou” of Levaillant 1807, pl. 220 (Centropus).

rufa

L. rufus red, ruddy. In ornithology rufus, rufa and rufum cover a wide spectrum of colours from yellow, orange, and brown to crimson, scarlet, and purple.
● ex “Perdix rufa” of Gessner 1555, Aldrovandus 1599, and Willughby 1676, “Red-leg’d Partridge” of Ray 1713, “Red-legg’d Partridge” of Albin 1731, and “Tetrao rectricibus cinereis: superiore medietate hinc inde rufis” of Linnaeus 1746 (Alectoris).
● ex “Anhinga roux” of de Buffon 1770-1783 (Anhinga).
● ex “Ferrugineous Duck” of Pennant 1776 (?syn. Aythya nyroca).
● ex “Pie rousse de la Chine” of Sonnerat 1782 (syn. Dendrocitta vagabunda).
ex “Aigrette rousse de la Louisiane” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 902 (syn. Dichromanassa rufescens).
● ex “Hirondelle à ventre roux de Cayenne” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 724, fig. 1, and “Rufous-bellied Swallow” of Latham 1783 (syn. Hirundo erythrogaster).
● ex “Alouette noire de la Encenada” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 738, fig. 2, and “Alouette noire à dos fauve” of de Buffon 1770-1785 (Lessonia).
● ex “Lanius madagascariensis rufus” of Brisson 1760 (Schetba).
● ex “Fauvette rousse” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 581, fig. 1 (?syn. Sylvia communis).
● ex “Kleinste Grasmücke” of Frisch 1733, “Curruca rufa” of Brisson 1760, “Fauvette rousse” of d’Aubenton 1765-1781, pl. 581, fig. 1, and de Buffon 1770-1786, and “Rufous Warbler” of Latham 1783 (?syn. Sylvia communis).
● ex “Schet Roux” of Levaillant 1805, pl. 147 (syn. Terpsiphone mutata).

rufala

L. rufus  rufous; ala  wing  < axilla  armpit.

rufalbinus

L. rufus  rufous; albinus  plasterer (i.e. whitened)  < albare  to make white  < albus  white.

rufalbus

L. rufus rufous; albus white.

rufater / rufatra

L. rufus red; ater black.

rufaxilla / rufaxillus

L. rufus rufous; axilla armpit.

semirufa / semirufus

L. semi-  half-  < semis, semissis  half  < as, assis  whole; rufus  rufous.

subrufa

L. surrufus or subrufus  reddish, somewhat red < sub  beneath, somewhat; rufus  rufous (cf. Mod. L. subrufus pale red).

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