The Key to Scientific Names

Edited by James A. Jobling
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Abernius

(Accipitridae; syn. Neophron Egyptian Vulture N. percnopterus) German abernten  to harvest (i.e. dirt-gatherer, alluding to the scavenging habits of this vulture); "Sparrow, Pinnoc, Ouzel, Abern,* Lark, Siskin, &c., &c., have no meaning, but no one objects to them as generic appellations   ...   *SELBY calls the species which visits Britain, the "Alpine Neophron," but, it is objectionable to use Latin names in English: this species might be called the Alpine Abern (Neophron alpinus.)   ...   White Abern.  Perenoptère brun. —Gemeine Abern.  Abernius albus, Wood.   ...   It is not essential that the generic name should have any meaning; perhaps, indeed, it is preferable that it should not.  Thus, Abern or Abarn (Neofron), Fauvet (Ficedula), Snipe (Scolopax), Duck (Anas), &c., have no meaning; but they answer their purpose" (C. T. Wood 1837); "Abernius C. T. Wood, 1837, The Ornithological Guide, p. 185.  Type, by monotypy, Abernius albus Wood = Vultur percnopterus Linnaeus, 1758." (JAJ 2019).


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