Crocker to Cypselomorphae

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        In England, according to Montagu, Crocker is a name for the Black-headed GULL, Larus ridibundus; but in North America (and perhaps also in some parts of Britain) used for the Brent-Goose (Trumbull, Portr. and Names of Birds, page 6).




            The name given by some old African travellers to one or more species of TOURACO (cf. Latham, Gen. Hist. B. v. p. 176).

            Also known as Secondaries, the Cubitals are those REMIGES which are supported by the upper surface of the ulna or cubitus of the anterior extremity. The rational way of counting them is to begin with the quill nearest to the wrist-joint, because reduction and addition in numbers takes place at the proximal end of the ulna. The number of the cubitals is reduced to 6 in the Trochilidae and is increased to 30 and more in some Tubinares; it stands in direct correlation with the length of the wing bones. Archaeopteryx seems to have possessed 10 cubitals, which probably approaches closely the original number in true Birds. Of perhaps some slight taxonomic value is the presence or absence of the original fifth cubital quill. This peculiarity was discovered by Gerbe (Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 1877, p. 289), and followed up by Wray, Gadow, and Sclater (P.Z.S. 1887, p. 343; 1888, p. 655; and Ibis, 1890, p. 77). Contrary to expectation, the missing fifth quill shows no trace of its former existence in embryos, there being a distinct gap between the fourth and sixth quill, while the upper and lower fifth coverts remain. Wray proposed to call the birds with the fifth quill normally developed quincubital, those without it aquincubital!


Cuckoo's-Leader and Cuckoo's-Mate
            Common names for the WRYNECK.



            An Order of Birds proposed by Illiger in 1811 (Prodrom. Syst. Mammal. et Avium, pages 246-250) to contain the genera Casuarius (Cassowary), Struthio (OSTRICH), RHEA, Otis (Bustard), Charadrius (PLOVER), Calidris (SANDERLING), Himantopus (STILT), Haematopus (OYSTER-CATCHER), Tachydromus (= Cursorius, Courser), and Burhinus (Stone Curlew). Notwithstanding the obviously artificial nature of this group, several ornithologists of the time accepted it, some entirely, but others with so many modifications that the meaning of the term eventually became quite indefinite.

            A Brazilian word adopted, through the French, by some English authors for the TROGONS.

            A common name for the Ring-DOVE or Wood-PIGEON.

            Professor Huxley's name (Proc. Zool. Soc. 1867, page 468) for the group of Aegithognathae containing the Families Caprimulgidae (GOATSUCKER), Cypselidae (SWIFT), and Trochilidae (HUMMING-BIRD), which he considered to be "annectent forms between the Coracomorphae and the Coccygomorphae".

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