Species

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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....
figure, drawing, illustration of Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)

Golden-collared Manakin (Manacus vitellinus)

Taxonomy:

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)

Amami Jay (Garrulus lidthi)

Taxonomy:

Garrulus lidthi

Bonaparte, 1850, “Asia orientali”= Amami-Oshima, Japan.

See G. lanceolatus (above). Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 38 cm; c. 125 g. A rather large, dark purplish-blue and chestnut jay with forehead and loral feathering somewhat stiffened, crown feathers very slightly elongated (can be inconspicuously erected), tail relatively longer than that of G....
figure, drawing, illustration of Amami Jay (Garrulus lidthi)

Malay Eared-nightjar (Lyncornis temminckii)

Taxonomy:

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...
figure, drawing, illustration of Malay Eared-nightjar (Lyncornis temminckii)

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

Taxonomy:

Motacilla alba

Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.

Thought to be closely related to M. maderaspatensis, M. grandis and M. aguimp, all of which formerly often regarded as races of...

Descriptive notes: 16·5–18 cm; male 20–24·6g, female 17·6–21·9 g (to 27·9 g when laying). Male nominate race in breeding plumage has mid-crown to nape and hindneck black, chin and throat black, rest of...
figure, drawing, illustration of White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)