Bulletin of The British Ornithologists' Club 2005 125:317-320
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The correct authorship of the name Astur kienerii (Rufous-bellied Hawk Eagle)

Edward C Dickinson
Edward
C.
Dickinson
319
Bull.
B.O.C.
2005
125(4)
Swann
&
Wetmore
(1945).
Since
then.
Smythies
(1953),
Ripley
(1961,
1982)
and
Wells
(1999)
followed
Peters
(1931).
Stresemann
&
Amadon
(1979)
did
not
follow
Peters
in
plumping
for
Etienne
Geoffroy
St
Hilaire
and
reverted
to
the
non-specific
*G
S.
=
Geoffroy
St
Hilaire*.
and
were
followed
by
White
&
Bruce
(1986).
After
a
fruitless
search
for
evidence
(none
of
the
authors
cited
above
seems
to
have
provided
his
rationale).
Dickinson
(2003)
reverted
to
the
identification
used
by
Peters
(1931)
on
the
grounds
that
Isadore
(1805-61)
was
more
probable
than
Etienne
(1772-1844).
Further
evidence
has
finally
been
located.
In
1839
an
index
(Table
Methodique)
was
compiled
for
the
Magasin
de
Zoologie
for
the
years
1831-38.
This
journal
is
most
often
bound
by
year
(with
the
1831-38
index
no
doubt
usually
bound
in
the
1838
volume),
but
was
arranged
in
grouped
pages
by
'Classe'
after
the
teaching
of
Cuvier.
In
one
of
the
sets
held
in
the
Natural
History
Museum.
South
Kensington
(Zoology
Library:
shelf
mark
ZS
940)
the
early
parts
are
not
bound
by
year,
but
with
a
volume
for
one
"Classe"
or
more,
and
in
this
set
the
index
is
not
bound
in
the
volume
for
Classe
2:
Oiseaux,
making
it
entirely
understandable
that
the
index
has
been
overlooked.
However,
the
index
was
located
in
one
of
the
other
contemporary
volumes
and
therein
Astur
Kienerii
is
clearly
linked
to
de
Sparre.
Subsequently.
I
stumbled
upon
the
footnote
in
Legge
(1878),
who
made
the
same
point
as
I
have
here
concerning
the
usage
of
Geoffroy
St
Hilaire
's
name
and
also
noted
that
"in
the
Roy.
Soc.
Catalogue,
vol.
V
this
is
'referred
to
as
written
by
G
Sparre;
and
in
all
probability,
this
is
the
correct
determination
of
the
authorship'.
This
rediscovered
evidence,
presumably
originating
from
Guerin-Meneville,
the
publisher,
and
thus
authoritative,
completes
the
case
for
accepting
Comte
L.
E.
G
de
Sparre
(c.
1800-54
or
later:
see
Wynne
1966)
as
the
author.
G
S.
had
always
seemed
unlikely
to
translate
to
either
Gervais
or
Geoffroy
St
Hilaire
due
to
the
evidence
against
this
in
the
1835
index.
Acknowledgements
Thanks
go
to
Aasheesh
Pittie
for
help
with
some
of
the
references,
to
Laurel
Peterson
for
assistance
in
obtaining
the
Lesson
reference,
and
to
the
librarians
at
the
Natural
History
Museum.
South
Kensington
(NHM).
I
also
acknowledge
helpful
comments
by
the
referee.
Murray
Bruce.
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