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Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)


Tringa Glareola

Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.


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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White-eyed Parakeet (Psittacara leucophthalmus)


Psittacus leucophthalmus

Statius Müller, 1776, Guiana.

Probably close to P. finschi, with which has been considered conspecific. Possibly closely related also to P. chloropterus (see both)....

Descriptive notes: 32–35 cm; 100–218 g. Green, paler below; some red flecking on head and neck; bare orbital ring greyish white; bend and edge of wing and outermost lesser underwing-coverts red; outermost greater underwing-coverts yellow;...
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Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)


Alauda alpestris

Linnaeus, 1758, coast of South Carolina, USA.

See E. bilopha. Numerous races described over vast range, based mainly on differences in size, ground colour (partly determined by local soil...

Descriptive notes: 14–17 cm; 30–40 g. Medium-sized lark with short bill, fairly long tail, and striking head pattern with elongated lateral crown feathers (“horns”). Male nominate race has yellow forehead and supercilium, yellow...
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Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus)


Buceros erythrorhynchus

Temminck, 1823, Mora, Cameroon.

Closest to T. monteiri, but close also to T. flavirostris, T. leucomelas and T. deckeni (and presumably jacksoni...

Descriptive notes: 35 cm; male 124–185 g, female 90–151 g (nominate), male 182 g, female 148 g (race kempi), male 128 g, female 125 g (race ruahae). Small, black-and-white hornbill with spotted wing-coverts, white in outer tail, and long,...
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Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Spizaetus isidori)


Falco Isidori

Des Murs, 1845, Bogotá, Colombia.

Previously placed in monotypic genus Oroaetus, but recent phylogenetic study found this species to be nested among the New World Spizaetus...

Descriptive notes: 60–80 cm, wingspan 144–166 cm. Large, stocky eagle with relatively short tail but long wings. Head, crest, neck and upperparts black, below chestnut streaked with black; thighs black, feathered tarsi chestnut; tail...
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