Species

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Ross's Gull (Rhodostethia rosea)

Taxonomy:

Larus roseus

W. MacGillivray, 1824, Melville Peninsula, Canada.

Resembles Hydrocoloeus minutus in size and plumage sequence, but with very different adult plumage; morphometric analysis suggests that it is an...

Descriptive notes: 29–32 cm; 120–250 g; wingspan 82–92 cm. Two-year gull. Dove-like or tern-like, with a buoyant tern-like flight, and unique combination of wedge-shaped tail (not always apparent), grey underwing and black nuchal collar...
figure, drawing, illustration of Ross's Gull (Rhodostethia rosea)

Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

Taxonomy:

Falco Chrysaëtos

Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.

Has been considered closely related to A. audax, and perhaps also to A. gurneyi. Form kamtschatica very similar to ...

Descriptive notes: 66–90 cm; male 2840–4550 g, female 3630–6665 g (exceptionally up to c. 7200 g); wingspan 180–234 cm. Fairly uniform dark brown although crown, nape and median upperwing coverts normally pale yellowish-...
figure, drawing, illustration of Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)

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)

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)

Taxonomy:

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...
figure, drawing, illustration of Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus)

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....
figure, drawing, illustration of Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)