Proposal (826) to South American Classification Committee


Establish English name for Campylopterus calcirupicola


Note from Remsen:


Because all voters on the original proposal (below) endorsed C as Outcrop Sabrewing, I see no point in delaying further the implementation of this split by running Outcrop through another round of votes.  Therefore, I am treating the outcome of the voting as endorsement of C, that being Fernando’s “Outcrop Sabrewing.”



Establish English name for Campylopterus calcirupicola


Now that Proposal 756 has passed, a common name for Campylopterus calcirupicola needs to be established.


The authors in the original description used Dry-forest Sabrewing as a common name.  Van suggested Limestone Sabrewing as a common name since not all dry forest contain this species and this species is found mainly in limestone-based dry forest.


For the purposes of this proposal I have broken it down into choice A, B or C. If C should pass a separate proposal would be needed.


A.   Will be to retain the name Dry-forest Sabrewing.

B.   Will be to adopt the name Limestone Sabrewing.

C.  Will be a vote for another name.


Recommendation: As both names are viable options, I don’t have a strong opinion either way. Although the benefit of A is not introducing another common name, I personally like option B better and recommend adopting Limestone Sabrewing for Campylopterus calcirupicola.


Dan Zimberlin, May 2019


Note on voting procedure: The option with the most votes will then be put to a YES/NO vote as 826.1.  If you vote for C, please provide alternative(s).




Comments from Pacheco: “Knowing the interesting attached article, I came across the good description of the environment of Campylopterus calcirupicola.  An alternative possibility for name for this hummingbird may be "Outcrop Sabrewing".


Comments from Remsen:  NO.  I like Outcrop Sabrewing better than Limestone Sabrewing (my 2nd choice).  If any need a complete pdf of the paywall-blocked article above, just ask me or Fernando.”


Comments from Stiles: “Outcrop” is fine by me.”


Comments from Zimmer: “Option C” – put me down as another vote for “Outcrop Sabrewing”.


Comments from Jaramillo: “C – Outcrop Sabrewing is my preference.”


Comments from Stotz: “I vote for option C.  Outcrop Sabrewing is a notably odd name, but probably the best we can do in English for this species.  Dry-forest really isn’t sufficiently specific to the habitat the species is associated with. Limestone Sabrewing is okay, but I doubt that the habitat this species uses is primarily on limestone.”