Species

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Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Taxonomy:

Colymbus auritus

Linnaeus, 1758, Europe and America; restricted to Vaasa, Finland.

Sometimes placed in genus Dytes, although actually closer to P. grisegena and P. cristatus than to other Podiceps. Has...

Descriptive notes: 31–38 cm; 300–470 g. Nominate race in breeding plumage Another close view An adult settling on nest has blackish cap, hindneck and upperparts; upperwing blackish brown to brown-grey, with large white panel over...
figure, drawing, illustration of Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus)

Taxonomy:

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,...
figure, drawing, illustration of Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus)

Red-footed Booby (Sula sula)

Taxonomy:

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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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....
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Rail-babbler (Eupetes macrocerus)

Taxonomy:

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...
figure, drawing, illustration of Rail-babbler (Eupetes macrocerus)