Thursday, February 09, 2006

Who Was Berlepsch?

Hans von Berlepsch (1850-1915) was a German ornithologist who used his inherited wealth to sponsor the collection of bird specimens in South America. Some 10 species or subspecies of birds bear his name, including the recently re-discovered Berlepsch’s Six-wired Bird-of-Paradise. Species bearing Berlepsch’s patronym include:

Crypturellus berlepschi, Berlepsch’s Tinamou
Aglaiocercus berlepschi, Venezuelan Sylph (a hummingbird) [treated by Monroe and Sibley as a subspecies of Aglaiocercus kingi, Long-tailed Sylph]
Acestrura (=Chaetocercus) berlepschi, Esmeralda’s Woodstar (a hummingbird)
Asthenes berlepschi, Berlepsch’s Canastero (an overbird)
Tripophaga (=Phacellodomus) berlepschi, Russet-mantled Softtail (an ovenbird)
Myrmeciza berlepschi, Stub-tailed Antbird
Rhegmatorhina berlepschi, Harlequin Antbird
Hylopezus berlepschi, Amazonian Antpitta (an antbird)
Parotia berlepschi, Berlepsch’s Six-wired Bird-of-Paradise [treated by Clements as a subspecies of Parotia carolae, Carola’s Parotia]
Dacnis berlepschi, Scarlet-breasted Dacnis (a neotropical finch)

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