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Asian Crested Ibis (Nipponia nippon)


Ibis nippon

Temminck, 1835, Japan.

Proposed race sinensis, described around end of 19th century, turned out to be the species’ breeding plumage. Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 55–84 cm. Distinctive bushy-crested ibis with red facial skin and legs. Non-breeding adult white, with orangish-cinnamon tones in tail and flight feathers, whereas breeding adult has grey head, neck, mantle and...
figure, drawing, illustration of Asian Crested Ibis (Nipponia nippon)

Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons)


Muscicapa rufifrons

Latham, 1801, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Hitherto considered to include R. melanolaema and usually R. kubaryi (see both species). Often considered conspecific with R. ...

Descriptive notes: 15·5–17·5 cm; 8–13·5 g. Nominate race has forehead rufous, crown, face, nape and mantle dull grey-brown, shading to rufous on lower back, rump and uppertail-coverts; upperwing grey-brown; tail rufous...
figure, drawing, illustration of Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons)

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)

Cape Bunting (Emberiza capensis)


Emberiza capensis

Linnaeus, 1766, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

Sometimes placed in genus Fringillaria. NE race vincenti sometimes treated as a separate species, but it appears to represent terminal...

Descriptive notes: 15–16 cm; 17–27 g. Male nominate race has head striped black and white, with narrow white median crownstripe; mantle and back grey-brown with prominent dark streaking, merging into plainer rump; upper­wing-coverts rich...
figure, drawing, illustration of Cape Bunting (Emberiza capensis)

Greater Painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis)


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)