Species

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Pacific Robin (Petroica pusilla)

Taxonomy:

Petroica pusilla

Peale, 1848, Upolu, Samoa.

Until recently considered conspecific with P. multicolor, which, however, is more closely related to P. goodenovii...

Descriptive notes: 11·5–13·5 cm; 13–15 g, 10–14·5 g (dennisi), 8–11 g (kleinschmidti), 8·4–9·7 g (ambrynensis). Male nominate race has white forehead, contrasting with sooty-black rest of head and upperparts; upperwing black with considerable amount of...
figure, drawing, illustration of Pacific Robin (Petroica pusilla)

Imperial Woodpecker (Campephilus imperialis)

Taxonomy:

Picus imperialis

Gould, 1832, “California” = Jalisco, Mexico.

Closely related to C. principalis. Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: c. 56–60 cm. World’s largest woodpecker; huge, with pointed crest. Male has side of crown back to underside of crest and nape red, feathers with white bases; rest of head and neck, also upperparts, underparts and tail, black...
figure, drawing, illustration of Imperial Woodpecker (Campephilus imperialis)

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)

Northern Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

Taxonomy:

Motacilla Troglodytes

Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.

Until recently considered conspecific with T. hiemalis and T. pacificus; degree of differentiation from these taxa still in need of study...

Descriptive notes: 9–10 cm; 6–12 g. Nominate race has pale buff supercilium, brown lores and ear coverts spotted off-white; crown dark brown, back warmer brown, rump more rufous-brown; shoulders and upperwing coverts rufous-brown with...
figure, drawing, illustration of Northern Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

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)