Species

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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)

Ross's Gull (Rhodostethia rosea)

Taxonomy:

Larus roseus

W. MacGillivray, 1824, Melville Peninsula, Canada.

Resembles Hydrocoloeus minutus in size and plumage sequence, but with very different adult plumage; morphometric analysis suggests that it is an...

Descriptive notes: 29–32 cm; 120–250 g; wingspan 82–92 cm. Two-year gull. Dove-like or tern-like, with a buoyant tern-like flight, and unique combination of wedge-shaped tail (not always apparent), grey underwing and black nuchal collar...
figure, drawing, illustration of Ross's Gull (Rhodostethia rosea)

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)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

Taxonomy:

Alauda alpestris

Linnaeus, 1758, coast of South Carolina, USA.

See E. bilopha. Numerous races described over vast range, based mainly on differences in size, ground colour (partly determined by local soil...

Descriptive notes: 14–17 cm; 30–40 g. Medium-sized lark with short bill, fairly long tail, and striking head pattern with elongated lateral crown feathers (“horns”). Male nominate race has yellow forehead and supercilium, yellow...
figure, drawing, illustration of Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

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)