Species

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Trumpeter Finch (Bucanetes githagineus)

Taxonomy:

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...
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Imperial Woodpecker (Campephilus imperialis)

Taxonomy:

Picus imperialis

Gould, 1832, “California” = Jalisco, Mexico.

Closely related to C. principalis. Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: c. 56–60 cm. World’s largest woodpecker; huge, with pointed crest. Male has side of crown back to underside of crest and nape red, feathers with white bases; rest of head and neck, also upperparts, underparts and tail, black...
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Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)

Taxonomy:

Falco rusticolus

Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.

Closest to F. cherrug; genetic data indicate that these two, along with F. biarmicus and F. jugger, form a group of closely...

Descriptive notes: 48–60 cm; male 769–1450 g, female 1130–2150 g; wingspan 105–135 cm. The largest Falco, with larger head, deeper chest, relatively short but broad outer wings and longer tail than other large falcons....
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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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Zapata Rail (Cyanolimnas cerverai)

Taxonomy:

Cyanolimnas cerverai

Barbour and J. L. Peters, 1927, Santo Tomás, Península de Zapata, Cuba.

Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 29 cm. Apparently almost flightless; wings very short; tail short and decomposed. Dark rail without streaks or spots, faintly barred on lower belly and thighs and has white undertail-coverts. Sexes alike. Easily separable by plumage...
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