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Black-capped Tanager (Tangara heinei)


P[rocnias]. Heinei

Cabanis, 1851, Colombia.

See T. argentea, also T. viridicollis and T. phillipsi. Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 13 cm; 18–22·8 g. Bluish to greenish tanager, male with black cap. Male has forehead, crown and upper nape to loral area and below eye black, tailing down behind rear ear-coverts; upper­parts, including upper­tail-...
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Tibetan Eared-pheasant (Crossoptilon harmani)


Crossoptilon harmani

Elwes, 1881, 150 miles [c. 240 km] east of Lhasa, Tibet.

Systematic position of this taxon has been debated#R, especially as it interbreeds with C. crossoptilon...

Descriptive notes: c. 75–85 cm; one hybrid juvenile 1180 g. Has velvety-black forehead and crown, white upper nape, ear-coverts, chin, throat, neck side and mid-belly; body plumage otherwise medium grey, darkest (brown-tinged) on neck to mantle...
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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...
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Malay Eared-nightjar (Lyncornis temminckii)


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...
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Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)


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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