Proposal (824) to South American Classification Committee
Change English name of Oceanodroma hornbyi to Hornby’s Storm-Petrel
Our website states the following in relation to what we call currently call Ringed Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma hornbyi).
Called "Hornby's Storm-Petrel" in Carboneras (1992a), Ridgely & Greenfield (2001), Onley & Scofield (2007), Dickinson & Remsen (2013), and del Hoyo & Collar (2014). SACC proposal to standardize as Ringed Storm-Petrel passed. SACC proposal to change English name did not pass.
10a. Oceanodroma hornbyi is treated here as breeding in South America based on the assumption that it breeds somewhere near its nonbreeding grounds, which are exclusively off the southern Pacific coast of South America; its breeding grounds, however, are unknown.
Background: Oceanodroma hornbyi was historically known as Hornby’s Storm-Petrel, and more recently has been known as Ringed Storm-Petrel. More background can be seen in the previous proposals that passed. See my previous proposal on my view on patronyms, especially with respect to storm-petrels.
Opinion: There is no new information here. I noted above I have some opinions on storm-petrel names and patronyms. However, I must admit that out of all of the things I have voted for on this committee, the single one that rattles around in my brain is my initial decision, when I first was asked to join this committee, to change the English name of O. hornbyi to Ringed Storm-Petrel. I think this was a big mistake! The name Hornby’s is still the preferred name by the seabird folks I know. Ringed is not the only storm-petrel that has a ringed/belted pattern, and although the name has some history, the important part is that it never really caught on with seabird people that I talk to.
Note: The breeding grounds of Oceanodroma hornbyi have now been found in the desert of Chile. So we can confirm at this point that it is a breeder in South America.
Recommendation: I suggest that Oceanodroma hornbyi revert to its older and more established name, Hornby’s Storm-Petrel. This name is unique, memorable, and actually restores tradition and stability. As well, as more storm-petrel forms are elevated to species status, it is clear that the most appropriate names will be patronyms. Note that even in this 2018 paper that describes the breeding grounds of O. hornbyi, it is called Hornby’s Storm-Petrel. We really should change the name back to the one that is preferred and used by the seabird community.
Carboneras, C. 1992. Family Hydrobatidae (storm-petrels). In Handbook of birds of the world (Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, and Jorgi Sargatal, Eds.). Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, vol. 1.
Del HOYO, J., AND N. J. COLLAR. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Vol. 1: Non-passerines. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
DICKINSON, E. C., AND J. V. REMSEN, JR. (eds.). 2013. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. Vol. 1. Non-passerines. Aves Press, Eastbourne, U.K., 461 pp.
ONLEY, D., AND P. SCOFIELD. 2007. Albatrosses, Petrels, and Shearwaters of the World. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 240 pp.
Ridgely, Robert S., and Paul J. Greenfield. 2001. The birds of Ecuador: status, distribution, and taxonomy. Cornell Univ. Press, Ithaca, New York, 1: 110.
Alvaro Jaramillo, May 2019
** Note from Remsen: Thanks to Alvaro on this; footnote rewritten.
‘Bourne and Harris (1968) criticized the change of name from Hornby's Storm-Petrel to Ringed Storm-Petrel (Meyer de Schauensee 1966) and among other things stated: "While it is perhaps understandable that some people may object to eponyms commemorating English admirals, the series of descriptive names for seabirds recently introduced by certain authorities on South American landbirds are rarely either shorter or more helpful for identification than the established names, and we are sorry to see them changed."’