Species

HBW Alive provides full accounts for every bird species known to science up to June 2013, including distribution maps and color illustrations. Explore these sample species to better understand the monumental work that lies behind these pages.

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Malay Eared-nightjar (Lyncornis temminckii)

Taxonomy:

Lyncornis Temminckii

Gould, 1838, Borneo.

Previously placed in genus Eurostopodus. Race jacobsoni of L. macrotis may belong in present species...

Descriptive notes: 25–28 cm. Sexes similar. Shows distinct "ears"; upperparts brown speckled buff, pale buff and cinnamon, crown boldly spotted with blackish-brown; thin buff nuchal ­collar; wing-coverts brown, speckled and spotted...
figure, drawing, illustration of Malay Eared-nightjar (Lyncornis temminckii)

Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea)

Taxonomy:

Platalea pygmea

[sic] Linnaeus, 1758, Suriname = eastern Asia.

Hitherto usually placed in monotypic genus, Eurynorhynchus, but sometimes included in present genus; recent study supports its treatment within...

Descriptive notes: 14–16 cm; male averages 29·5 g, one female 34 g. Small wader closely resembling other Calidris, but has spatulate bill; in summer, red-brown head, neck and breast with dark brown streaks; upperparts blackish with buff and...
figure, drawing, illustration of Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea)

Horned Curassow (Pauxi unicornis)

Taxonomy:

Pauxi unicornis

J. Bond and Meyer de Schauensee, 1939, above Bolívar, near Palmar, Yungas de Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Has been considered a race of P. pauxi, and until very recently was treated as conspecific with P. koepckeae, but differs from latter in...

Descriptive notes: 85–95 cm; male c. 3850 g; female c. 3600 g. Large, virtually all-black cracid with white vent and tip to tail. Bright red bill and pale blue casque, which grows up to 6·3 cm. Legs normally pale red, but...
figure, drawing, illustration of Horned Curassow (Pauxi unicornis)

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Taxonomy:

Colymbus auritus

Linnaeus, 1758, Europe and America; restricted to Vaasa, Finland.

Sometimes placed in genus Dytes, although actually closer to P. grisegena and P. cristatus than to other Podiceps. Has...

Descriptive notes: 31–38 cm; 300–470 g. Nominate race in breeding plumage Another close view An adult settling on nest has blackish cap, hindneck and upperparts; upperwing blackish brown to brown-grey, with large white panel over...
figure, drawing, illustration of Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)

Taxonomy:

Falco rusticolus

Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.

Closest to F. cherrug; genetic data indicate that these two, along with F. biarmicus and F. jugger, form a group of closely...

Descriptive notes: 48–60 cm; male 769–1450 g, female 1130–2150 g; wingspan 105–135 cm. The largest Falco, with larger head, deeper chest, relatively short but broad outer wings and longer tail than other large falcons....
figure, drawing, illustration of Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)