Species

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Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Taxonomy:

Falco Chrysaëtos

Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.

Has been considered closely related to A. audax, and perhaps also to A. gurneyi. Form kamtschatica very similar to ...

Descriptive notes: 66–90 cm; male 2840–4550 g, female 3630–6665 g (exceptionally up to c. 7200 g); wingspan 180–234 cm. Fairly uniform dark brown although crown, nape and median upperwing coverts normally pale yellowish-...
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Rail-babbler (Eupetes macrocerus)

Taxonomy:

Eupetes macrocerus

Temminck, 1831, Padang, Sumatra.

Original name was unjustifiably emended to “macrocercus” and this version has been used extensively; Temminck himself emended name to “...

Descriptive notes: 28–30 cm; 66–72 g. Distinctive, with long neck and tail; broad white supercilium from front of eye and extending down side of neck, bordered below by broad black line from bill base and lores through and below orbit and...
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Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)

Taxonomy:

Trochilus rufus

J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island, Canada.

Closely related to S. sasin (which see). Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: c. 8·5 cm; 2·9–3·9 g. Male has medium-short, straight black bill; crown bronze or bronze-green, remaining upperparts rufous, occasionally with a few green feathers on the back; throat iridescent scarlet-bronze...
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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...
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Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus)

Taxonomy:

Buceros erythrorhynchus

Temminck, 1823, Mora, Cameroon.

Closest to T. monteiri, but close also to T. flavirostris, T. leucomelas and T. deckeni (and presumably jacksoni...

Descriptive notes: 35 cm; male 124–185 g, female 90–151 g (nominate), male 182 g, female 148 g (race kempi), male 128 g, female 125 g (race ruahae). Small, black-and-white hornbill with spotted wing-coverts, white in outer tail, and long,...
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