Species

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Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis)

Taxonomy:

Grus nigricollis

Przevalski, 1876, Qinghai Province, China.

MtDNA analyses indicate that this species and G. monacha are each other’s closest relatives#R....

Descriptive notes: c. 115 cm; 5000–7000 g; wingspan 180–200 cm. The only pale grey crane with black primaries and secondaries; black neck and tail distinctive; iris yellow. Juvenile plumage greyish yellow; neck mixed black and white.
figure, drawing, illustration of Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis)

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)

Maned Owl (Jubula lettii)

Taxonomy:

Bubo letti

Büttikofer, 1889, Passy District, Liberia.

Affinities uncertain. Sometimes suggested that genus be merged with Neotropical Lophostrix; superficial similarities in appearance and similar...

Descriptive notes: 34–40 cm; 1 male 183 g. Highly distinctive. Elongated crown and nape feathers forming brown and white “mane”, merging with long, bushy brown-and-white ear tufts; rufous facial disc edged in brown, with...
figure, drawing, illustration of Maned Owl (Jubula lettii)

Golden-collared Manakin (Manacus vitellinus)

Taxonomy:

Pipra vitellina

Gould, 1843, Panama City, Panama.

Phylogenetic study#R supports sister relationship between present species and W races of M. manacus....

Descriptive notes: 10–11 cm; male 19·3 g, female 17·1 g. Male nominate race has black cap, golden-yellow on rest of head, upper mantle, shoulders, and chin to breast, throat feathers elongated (projected forwards well beyond bill tip...
figure, drawing, illustration of Golden-collared Manakin (Manacus vitellinus)

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)