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Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)


Anas membranacea

Latham, 1801, New South Wales, Australia.

Sometimes placed in tribe Tadornini. Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 36–45 cm; male 290–480 g, female 272–423 g; wingspan 57–71 cm. Unmistakable. Sexes basically alike, with grey forehead and crown, white face with large dark brown eye-patch continuing as narrow stripe to nape...
figure, drawing, illustration of Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

Dusky Tit (Melaniparus funereus)


Melanoparus [sic] funereus

J. P. Verreaux and J. B. É. Verreaux, 1855, Gabon.

Molecular data suggest it is sister to M. griseiventris and M. fasciiventer#R. Two...

Descriptive notes: 13–14·5 cm; 22–29 g. Medium-sized to large, all-dark tit with red eyes. Male nominate race has entire body, wing and tail blackish or sooty black, in fresh plumage crown to uppertail-coverts glossed bluish-green;...
figure, drawing, illustration of Dusky Tit (Melaniparus funereus)

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)


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)

Horned Curassow (Pauxi unicornis)


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)

Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus)


Fringilla githaginea

M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823, Deram, Upper Egypt.

Geographical variation slight, not always constant, and largely clinal. Four subspecies recognized.

Descriptive notes: 12·5–15 cm; 16–25 g. Medium-sized to large, stocky, large-headed finch with large, blunt bill and short tail. Male nominate race breeding has forehead to cheek, chin and throat bright red to reddish-pink (appears as...
figure, drawing, illustration of Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus)