Collared Sparrowhawk - specific name

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Subject: Collared Sparrowhawk - specific name
From: Andrew Hobbs <>
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 16:31:34 +0800
Carl Clifford wrote:

I think you will find that "cirrocephalus" is an Americanisation, similar to "cirrosis of the liver". Cirrhocephalus is the correct Latin spelling.
cirro- from cirrus (pl cirri) is the form (from Latin) if the reference is to an appearance like cirrus clouds, ie thin and wispy. In zoological terms, a slender or hairlike structure such as a filament on the end of an appendage of an insect or a barbel of a fish.

cirrho- from New Latin from kirrhos (Greek) if the meaning is orange coloured. In medical terms this is paired with -osis (indicating diseased) to indicate a diseased liver.

So did Vieillot, (1817) think that it had a thin and wispy or slender head or an orange coloured head.


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