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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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Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)

Taxonomy:

Scolopax Arquata

Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.

Name suschkini sometimes spelt erroneously as sushkini. Racial variation clinal; suschkini sometimes treated as a synonym of ...

Descriptive notes: 50–60 cm; male 410–1010 g, female 475–1360 g; wingspan 80–100 cm. Large greyish-brown curlew with long bill and plain head pattern; head, neck, breast and upperparts buffy brown with dark streaking, although...
figure, drawing, illustration of Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata)

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)

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)

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 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)