Species

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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)

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,...
figure, drawing, illustration of Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus)

Asian Crested Ibis (Nipponia nippon)

Taxonomy:

Ibis nippon

Temminck, 1835, Japan.

Proposed race sinensis, described around end of 19th century, turned out to be the species’ breeding plumage. Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 55–84 cm. Distinctive bushy-crested ibis with red facial skin and legs. Non-breeding adult white, with orangish-cinnamon tones in tail and flight feathers, whereas breeding adult has grey head, neck, mantle and...
figure, drawing, illustration of Asian Crested Ibis (Nipponia nippon)

Greater Painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis)

Taxonomy:

Rallus benghalensis

Linnaeus, 1758, Asia.

Until recently, considered conspecific with R. australis. Birds on Madagascar have been described as a separate race, madagascariensis,...

Descriptive notes: 23–28 cm; c. 90–200 g; wingspan 50–55 cm. Strong sexual dimorphism in plumage and also in size. Male has golden eye-patch, crown stripe and “V” on mantle; rest of head greyish brown, with ashy grey on neck...
figure, drawing, illustration of Greater Painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis)

Grey-cheeked Bulbul (Alophoixus tephrogenys)

Taxonomy:

Trichophorus tephrogenys

Jardine and Selby, 1833, uncertain, possibly India = Malacca.

Until recently considered conspecific with A. bres and A. frater, but differs from latter in characters given under that species. Differs...

Descriptive notes: 19–23 cm; 29–44 g, male 41–46 g, female 51–52 g and unsexed 32–51 g (gutturalis). Short-crested, bulky bulbul; crest is less prominent than in A. ochraceus and A. ruficrissus. Adult has lores and face mid-grey, becoming ash-grey on ear-...
figure, drawing, illustration of Grey-cheeked Bulbul (Alophoixus tephrogenys)