Species

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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)

Pygmy Tit (Psaltria exilis)

Taxonomy:

Psaltria exilis

Temminck, 1836, Java.

Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 8·5–8·7 cm. A tiny, long-tailed, nondescript aegithalid with short, stubby, broad-based bill. Head is drab greyish-brown, tinged cinnamon on forehead; upperparts, including upperwing, medium grey with brownish tinge...
figure, drawing, illustration of Pygmy Tit (Psaltria exilis)

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 species). Often considered conspecific with R. ...

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)

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)

Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)

Taxonomy:

Certhia flaveola

Linnaeus, 1758, Jamaica.

Three clades, “bahamensis group” (Quintana Roo region of SE Mexico, and Bahamas), “flaveola group” (Cayman Is, Jamaica and Hispaniola),...

Descriptive notes: 10–11 cm; 6·4–14·2 g. Distinctive for its bill shape, which is short, sharply pointed and decurved. Generally dark grey to dusky olive above, much brighter on rump, with prominent pale supercilium, white patch...
figure, drawing, illustration of Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola)