Species

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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)

Asian Crested Ibis (Nipponia nippon)

Taxonomy:

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)

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)

Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus)

Taxonomy:

Falco bellicosus

Daudin, 1800, Great Namaqualand, South Africa.

Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 78–96 cm; 3010–6200 g; wingspan 188–227 cm. Along with Stephanoaetus coronatus, one of the two largest eagles in Africa. Large head and long, broad blackish wings notable; upperparts, head, throat and upper breast...
figure, drawing, illustration of Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus)

Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus)

Taxonomy:

Phasianus cruentus

Hardwicke, 1821, Nepal.

Considerable intermediacy between most of the described subspecies suggests that much of the variation observed is probably clinal, and validity of many...

Descriptive notes: Male 44–48 cm (tail 16·5–18 cm); female 39·5–42 cm (tail 14–15·5 cm); 410–655 g. Rather small partridge-like pheasant. Female much duller, mainly brown, with forehead, face and throat...
figure, drawing, illustration of Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus)