Species

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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)

Malay Eared-nightjar (Lyncornis temminckii)

Taxonomy:

Lyncornis Temminckii

Gould, 1838, Borneo.

Previously placed in genus Eurostopodus. Race jacobsoni of L. macrotis may belong in present species...

Descriptive notes: 25–28 cm. Sexes similar. Shows distinct "ears"; upperparts brown speckled buff, pale buff and cinnamon, crown boldly spotted with blackish-brown; thin buff nuchal ­collar; wing-coverts brown, speckled and spotted...
figure, drawing, illustration of Malay Eared-nightjar (Lyncornis temminckii)

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)

Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)

Taxonomy:

Troglodytes hyemalis [sic] (var. pacificus

) S. F. Baird, 1864, Simiahmoo, Puget Sound, Washington.

Until recently considered conspecific with T. troglodytes and T. hiemalis, given great morphological consistency, but acoustic and...

Descriptive notes: 9–11 cm; 8–12 g. Small, dark wren with short tail, small bill and pale supercilium, chin and throat. Upperwing-coverts rufous-brown with darker barring; primaries and secondaries brown, barred darker; upper breast light wood...
figure, drawing, illustration of Pacific Wren (Troglodytes pacificus)

Greater Painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis)

Taxonomy:

Rallus benghalensis

Linnaeus, 1758, Asia.

Until recently, considered conspecific with R. australis. Birds on Madagascar have been described as a separate race, madagascariensis,...

Descriptive notes: 23–28 cm; c. 90–200 g; wingspan 50–55 cm. Strong sexual dimorphism in plumage and also in size. Male has golden eye-patch, crown stripe and “V” on mantle; rest of head greyish brown, with ashy grey on neck...
figure, drawing, illustration of Greater Painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis)