Species

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Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

Taxonomy:

Tringa Glareola

Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.

Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 19–23 cm; 34–98 g; wingspan 54–57 cm. Small, graceful sandpiper; head, neck and breast finely streaked grey-brown; supercilium and throat white; upperparts black-brown with white spots, underparts white. Similar to T....
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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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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...
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Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus)

Taxonomy:

Falco bellicosus

Daudin, 1800, Great Namaqualand, South Africa.

Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 78–96 cm; 3010–6200 g; wingspan 188–227 cm. Along with Stephanoaetus coronatus, one of the two largest eagles in Africa. Large head and long, broad blackish wings notable; upperparts, head, throat and upper breast...
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Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)

Taxonomy:

Falco rusticolus

Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.

Closest to F. cherrug; genetic data indicate that these two, along with F. biarmicus and F. jugger, form a group of closely...

Descriptive notes: 48–60 cm; male 769–1450 g, female 1130–2150 g; wingspan 105–135 cm. The largest Falco, with larger head, deeper chest, relatively short but broad outer wings and longer tail than other large falcons....
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