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Red-footed Booby (Sula sula)


Pelecanus Sula

Linnaeus, 1766, Barbados, West Indies.

Validity of races often questioned, and delimitation difficult owing to existence of colour morphs. On other hand, has been suggested that websteri...

Descriptive notes: 66–77 cm; 900–1003 g; wingspan 124–152 cm. Smallest booby, with relatively long tail and large eye; highly polymorphic, with variety of morphs (and intermediates) irrespective of subspecies. Adult white morph has all...
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Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)


Trochilus rufus

J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island, Canada.

Closely related to S. sasin (which see). Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: c. 8·5 cm; 2·9–3·9 g. Male has medium-short, straight black bill; crown bronze or bronze-green, remaining upperparts rufous, occasionally with a few green feathers on the back; throat iridescent scarlet-bronze...
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Bismarck White-eye (Zosterops hypoxanthus)


Zosterops hypoxantha

Salvadori, 1881, New Britain.

Sometimes considered conspecific with Z. minor, and has been thought to be conspecific with Z. fuscicapilla. Race admiralitatis...

Descriptive notes: 10·5–11·5 cm; 7·6–13 g. Nominate race has top and side of head, including cheek, black, white eyering of moderate width; upperparts yellowish olive-green or yellowish-olive, except for blackish-brown...
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Rail-babbler (Eupetes macrocerus)


Eupetes macrocerus

Temminck, 1831, Padang, Sumatra.

Original name was unjustifiably emended to “macrocercus” and this version has been used extensively; Temminck himself emended name to “...

Descriptive notes: 28–30 cm; 66–72 g. Distinctive, with long neck and tail; broad white supercilium from front of eye and extending down side of neck, bordered below by broad black line from bill base and lores through and below orbit and...
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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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