The Black-necked Grebe


IN the note upon this bird (NATURE, Jan. 3, p. 35) its generic name is given as Podiceps, perpetuating an error in orthography for which, I think, Yarrell was originally responsible and has been followed by some later writers on ornithology. On the analogy of biceps, calviceps, etc., Podiceps can only be translated ‘rump-headed’ whereas the right name of the genus is Podicipes (Linn.), meaning ‘rump-footed’, referring to the peculiar position of the legs and feet in birds of the family Podicipedidæ.

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MAXWELL, H. The Black-necked Grebe. Nature 127, 201 (1931).

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