Progne

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For the woman who was changed into a bird in Greek mythology, see Procne (disambiguation).
Progne
PurpleMartin cajay.jpg
Male Purple martin, Progne subis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Subfamily: Hirundininae
Genus: Progne
F. Boie, 1826
Species

9, See text

Progne is a genus of birds. The genus name refers to Procne (Πρόκνη), a mythological girl who was turned into a swallow to save her from her husband. She had killed their son to avenge the rape of her sister.[1]

Created by Friedrich Boie in 1826, the genus contains nine American swallows.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 317. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4. 
  2. ^ "ITIS Report: Progne". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 5 December 2012.