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Dusky Tit (Melaniparus funereus)


Melanoparus [sic] funereus

J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux, 1855, Gabon.

Molecular data suggest it is sister to M. griseiventris and M. fasciiventer#R. Two...

Descriptive notes: 13–14·5 cm; 22–29 g. Medium-sized to large, all-dark tit with red eyes. Male nominate race has entire body, wing and tail blackish or sooty black, in fresh plumage crown to uppertail-coverts glossed bluish-green;...
figure, drawing, illustration of Dusky Tit (Melaniparus funereus)

Horned Curassow (Pauxi unicornis)


Pauxi unicornis

J. Bond and Meyer de Schauensee, 1939, above Bolívar, near Palmar, Yungas de Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Has been considered a race of P. pauxi, and until very recently was treated as conspecific with P. koepckeae, but differs from latter in...

Descriptive notes: 85–95 cm; male c. 3850 g; female c. 3600 g. Large, virtually all-black cracid with white vent and tip to tail. Bright red bill and pale blue casque, which grows up to 6·3 cm. Legs normally pale red, but...
figure, drawing, illustration of Horned Curassow (Pauxi unicornis)

Golden-collared Manakin (Manacus vitellinus)


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)

Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus)


Phasianus cruentus

Hardwicke, 1821, Nepal.

Considerable intermediacy between most of the described subspecies suggests that much of the variation observed is probably clinal, and validity of many...

Descriptive notes: Male 44–48 cm (tail 16·5–18 cm); female 39·5–42 cm (tail 14–15·5 cm); 410–655 g. Rather small partridge-like pheasant. Female much duller, mainly brown, with forehead, face and throat...
figure, drawing, illustration of Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus)

Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)


Anas membranacea

Latham, 1801, New South Wales, Australia.

Sometimes placed in tribe Tadornini. Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 36–45 cm; male 290–480 g, female 272–423 g; wingspan 57–71 cm. Unmistakable. Sexes basically alike, with grey forehead and crown, white face with large dark brown eye-patch continuing as narrow stripe to nape...
figure, drawing, illustration of Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)