Species

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Pallas's Sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes paradoxus)

Taxonomy:

Tetrao paradoxa

Pallas, 1773, southern Tartarian Desert.

Closely related to S. tibetanus. Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 27–41 cm; male c. 250–300 g, female c. 200–260 g; wingspan 60–78 cm. Front toes feathered, hind toe lacking; long, pin-like central tail feathers; outermost primary longer and attenuated, particularly so in males...
figure, drawing, illustration of Pallas's Sandgrouse (Syrrhaptes paradoxus)

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)

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)

Black-and-yellow Broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus)

Taxonomy:

Eurylaimus ochromalus

Raffles, 1822, Singapore.

Birds from Banyak Is (off NW Sumatra) described as race mecistus and those from W Borneo (Saribas district of Sarawak) as kalamantan, but...

Descriptive notes: 13·5–15 cm, 31–39 g. A small, distinctive broadbill with black, white, pink and yellow plumage. Male has black head and upperparts, broad white collar, conspicuous bold yellow markings on back and wings; blackish tail...
figure, drawing, illustration of Black-and-yellow Broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus)

Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina)

Taxonomy:

Trochilus tyrianthinus

Loddiges, 1832, Popayán, Colombia.

Geographical variation complex, reflecting a southern origin and progressive morphological change in respect of female throat and breast coloration towards...

Descriptive notes: 9–10 cm; 2·7–5·1 g. Male has short, straight, black bill; upperparts bottle-green, underparts green with whitish-grey feather fringes; throat patch emerald-green; slightly forked tail glistening bronze....
figure, drawing, illustration of Tyrian Metaltail (Metallura tyrianthina)