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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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Swinhoe’s Rail (Coturnicops exquisitus)

Taxonomy:

Porzana exquisita

Swinhoe, 1873, Yantai (Chefoo), Shandong, China.

Closely related to, and sometimes considered conspecific with, C. noveboracensis. Taxa clearly close, with present species differing from ...

Descriptive notes: 13 cm. Sexes alike. Differs from markedly larger C. noveboracensis by greyer face, with close dark speckling and less distinct stripe through eye; feather edges of upperparts darker, more rufous-tinged; foreneck and sides of breast...
figure, drawing, illustration of Swinhoe’s Rail (Coturnicops exquisitus)

Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons)

Taxonomy:

Muscicapa rufifrons

Latham, 1801, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Hitherto considered to include R. melanolaema and usually R. kubaryi (see both, below). Often considered conspecific with R. semirubra...

Descriptive notes: 15·5–17·5 cm; 8–13·5 g. Nominate race has forehead rufous, crown, face, nape and mantle dull grey-brown, shading to rufous on lower back, rump and uppertail-coverts; upperwing grey-brown; tail rufous...
figure, drawing, illustration of Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons)

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)

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)

Zapata Rail (Cyanolimnas cerverai)

Taxonomy:

Cyanolimnas cerverai

Barbour and J. L. Peters, 1927, Santo Tomás, Península de Zapata, Cuba.

Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 29 cm. Apparently almost flightless; wings very short; tail short and decomposed. Dark rail without streaks or spots, faintly barred on lower belly and thighs and has white undertail-coverts. Sexes alike. Easily separable by plumage...
figure, drawing, illustration of Zapata Rail (Cyanolimnas cerverai)