Species

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Asian Crested Ibis (Nipponia nippon)

Taxonomy:

Ibis nippon

Temminck, 1835, Japan.

Proposed race sinensis, described around end of 19th century, turned out to be the species’ breeding plumage. Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 55–84 cm. Distinctive bushy-crested ibis with red facial skin and legs. Non-breeding adult white, with orangish-cinnamon tones in tail and flight feathers, whereas breeding adult has grey head, neck, mantle and...
figure, drawing, illustration of Asian Crested Ibis (Nipponia nippon)

Horned Curassow (Pauxi unicornis)

Taxonomy:

Pauxi unicornis

J. Bond and Meyer de Schauensee, 1939, above Bolívar, near Palmar, Yungas de Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Has been considered a race of P. pauxi, and until very recently was treated as conspecific with P. koepckeae, but differs from latter in...

Descriptive notes: 85–95 cm; male c. 3850 g; female c. 3600 g. Large, virtually all-black cracid with white vent and tip to tail. Bright red bill and pale blue casque, which grows up to 6·3 cm. Legs normally pale red, but...
figure, drawing, illustration of Horned Curassow (Pauxi unicornis)

Pallas's Sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes paradoxus)

Taxonomy:

Tetrao paradoxa

Pallas, 1773, southern Tartarian Desert.

Closely related to S. tibetanus. Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 27–41 cm; male c. 250–300 g, female c. 200–260 g; wingspan 60–78 cm. Front toes feathered, hind toe lacking; long, pin-like central tail feathers; outermost primary longer and attenuated, particularly so in males...
figure, drawing, illustration of Pallas's Sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes paradoxus)

Sulphur-breasted Warbler (Phylloscopus ricketti)

Taxonomy:

Cryptolopha ricketti

Slater, 1897, Kuan-t’un, north-west Fujian, south-east China.

Has sometimes been treated as conspecific with P. cantator, and this is a serious option, with the inclusion of P. calciatilis; but...

Descriptive notes: 10–11 cm. A medium-sized leaf-warbler with bright yellow head stripes and underparts. Has prominent head pattern of blackish crown side, greenish-yellow central crownstripe (sometimes grey streaks on nape), long bright yellow...
figure, drawing, illustration of Sulphur-breasted Warbler (Phylloscopus ricketti)

Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina)

Taxonomy:

Trochilus tyrianthinus

Loddiges, 1832, Popayán, Colombia.

Geographical variation complex, reflecting a southern origin and progressive morphological change in respect of female throat and breast coloration towards...

Descriptive notes: 9–10 cm; 2·7–5·1 g. Male has short, straight, black bill; upperparts bottle-green, underparts green with whitish-grey feather fringes; throat patch emerald-green; slightly forked tail glistening bronze....
figure, drawing, illustration of Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina)