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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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Imperial Woodpecker (Campephilus imperialis)

Taxonomy:

Picus imperialis

Gould, 1832, “California” = Jalisco, Mexico.

Closely related to C. principalis. Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: c. 56–60 cm. World’s largest woodpecker; huge, with pointed crest. Male has side of crown back to underside of crest and nape red, feathers with white bases; rest of head and neck, also upperparts, underparts and tail, black...
figure, drawing, illustration of Imperial Woodpecker (Campephilus imperialis)

Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus)

Taxonomy:

Buceros erythrorhynchus

Temminck, 1823, Mora, Cameroon.

Closest to T. monteiri, but close also to T. flavirostris, T. leucomelas and T. deckeni (and presumably jacksoni...

Descriptive notes: 35 cm; male 124–185 g, female 90–151 g (nominate), male 182 g, female 148 g (race kempi), male 128 g, female 125 g (race ruahae). Small, black-and-white hornbill with spotted wing-coverts, white in outer tail, and long,...
figure, drawing, illustration of Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus)

Central American Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium griseiceps)

Taxonomy:

Glaucidium griseiceps

Sharpe, 1875, tropical lowlands of Alta Vera Paz, Guatemala.

Considered a member of G. minutissimum complex, which includes also G. palmarum, G. sanchezi, G. parkeri and G....

Descriptive notes: 13–18 cm; male 50·6–58·8 g, female c. 56 g. Very small pygmy-owl; crown and nape brown-grey to grey-brown; forecrown with fine pale buff to whitish spots (can extend back to nape); nape with dark “...
figure, drawing, illustration of Central American Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium griseiceps)

Spot-winged Wood-quail (Odontophorus capueira)

Taxonomy:

Perdix capueira

Spix, 1825, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Race plumbeicollis not well defined and possibly undiagnosable, seemingly based on a unique type#R....

Descriptive notes: 26·5–30 cm; estimated weight of male 457 g, of female 396 g. Bright red bare eyering and eyelid. Sides of head, malar region, chin, throat, breast and belly plain grey; overall colour brown to grey. Crest and crown...
figure, drawing, illustration of Spot-winged Wood-quail (Odontophorus capueira)

Grey-cheeked Bulbul (Alophoixus tephrogenys)

Taxonomy:

Trichophorus tephrogenys

Jardine and Selby, 1833, uncertain, possibly India = Malacca.

Until recently considered conspecific with A. bres and A. frater, but differs from latter in characters given under that species (see...

Descriptive notes: 19–23 cm; 29–44 g, male 41–46 g and female 51–52 g (gutturalis). Short-crested, bulky bulbul; crest is less prominent than in A. ochraceus and A. ruficrissus. Adult has lores and face mid-grey, becoming ash-grey on ear-coverts and dark...
figure, drawing, illustration of Grey-cheeked Bulbul (Alophoixus tephrogenys)