Species

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea)

Taxonomy:

Platalea pygmea

[sic] Linnaeus, 1758, Suriname = eastern Asia.

Hitherto usually placed in monotypic genus, Eurynorhynchus, but sometimes included in present genus; recent study supports its treatment within...

Descriptive notes: 14–16 cm; male averages 29·5 g, one female 34 g; wingspan 32–38 cm. Small wader closely resembling other Calidris, but has spatulate bill; in summer, red-brown head, neck and breast with dark brown streaks; upperparts...
figure, drawing, illustration of Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea)

Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

Taxonomy:

Tetrao Urogallus

Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.

Closely related to T. urogalloides, with which very commonly hybridizes where ranges overlap in Siberia (in one area up to 12% of males reported to...

Descriptive notes: 80–115 cm, female much smaller, 59–64 cm; male 3300–4300 g (up to 6500 g), female 1440–2500 g. Large, very dark grouse, mostly slate-grey with fine vermiculations, blackish on head and neck; breast glossy...
figure, drawing, illustration of Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

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....
figure, drawing, illustration of Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

Taxonomy:

Falco ptilorhyncus

[sic] Temminck, 1821, Java.

Closely related to P. apivorus, in which sometimes included as a race (see that species). Races rather distinctive. Migratory, generally paler...

Descriptive notes: 52–68 cm; male 750–1280 g, female 950–1490 g; wingspan 115–155 cm. Similar to P. apivorus, but larger, shorter-tailed, lacks dark carpal patch on underwing and shows six (versus five) primary “fingers...
figure, drawing, illustration of Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

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)