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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Spot-winged Wood-quail (Odontophorus capueira)


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)

Eastern Hooded Pitta (Pitta novaeguineae)


Pitta novae-guineae

S. Müller and Schlegel, 1845, Manokwari, north-west New Guinea.

Hitherto considered conspecific with P. sordida and P. rosenbergii, but differs from P. rosenbergii in characters given under...

Descriptive notes: 16–19 cm; 40–82 g (nominate), 67·5– 71·5 g (race mefoorana). Adult has black hood and generally green body and upperparts, with a brilliant turquoise-blue shoulder patch and throatband at base of hood, as well as a narrow glittering blue...
figure, drawing, illustration of Eastern Hooded Pitta (Pitta novaeguineae)

Zeledon's Antbird (Hafferia zeledoni)


Myrmeciza zeledoni

Ridgway, 1909, Guayabo, Costa Rica.

Until recently considered conspecific with H. immaculata, but treatment as separate species supported by analysis of morphology, biometrics and...

Descriptive notes: 17–19 cm; 39·9–55·5 g. Bare periorbital area wide, pale blue. Male basically all black, with variable white anterior lesser wing-coverts (concealed), wing-bend and edges to alula. Female largely dark brown, with sides of head, lores and...
figure, drawing, illustration of Zeledon's Antbird (Hafferia zeledoni)

Zapata Rail (Cyanolimnas cerverai)


Cyanolimnas cerverai

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


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)

Imperial Woodpecker (Campephilus imperialis)


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)