Species

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Dusky Tit (Melaniparus funereus)

Taxonomy:

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)

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...
figure, drawing, illustration of Red-footed Booby (Sula sula)

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)

Magellanic Horned Owl (Bubo magellanicus)

Taxonomy:

Strix magellanicus

Lesson, 1828, Straits of Magellan.

Until recently included as a race of B. virginianus, but differs from the taxon in vocalizations#R...

Descriptive notes: c. 45 cm; 830 g (n = 1 male). Very like B. virginianus; differs in smaller size (wing length 318–368 mm versus 297–390 mm in virginianus), smaller ear tufts, smaller bill, weaker talons, more prominent rim around...
figure, drawing, illustration of Magellanic Horned Owl (Bubo magellanicus)

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)