Species

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea)

Taxonomy:

Platalea pygmea

[sic] Linnaeus, 1758, Suriname = eastern Asia.

Hitherto usually placed in monotypic genus, Eurynorhynchus, but sometimes included in present genus; recent study supports its treatment within...

Descriptive notes: 14–16 cm; male averages 29·5 g, one female 34 g; wingspan 32–38 cm. Small wader closely resembling other Calidris, but has spatulate bill; in summer, red-brown head, neck and breast with dark brown streaks; upperparts...
figure, drawing, illustration of Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea)

Pacific Robin (Petroica pusilla)

Taxonomy:

Petroica pusilla

Peale, 1848, Upolu, Samoa.

Until recently considered conspecific with P. multicolor, which, however, is more closely related to P. goodenovii...

Descriptive notes: 11·5–13·5 cm; 13–15 g, 10–14·5 g (dennisi), 8–11 g (kleinschmidti), 8·4–9·7 g (ambrynensis). Male nominate race has white forehead, contrasting with sooty-black rest of head and upperparts; upperwing black with considerable amount of...
figure, drawing, illustration of Pacific Robin (Petroica pusilla)

Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

Taxonomy:

Falco ptilorhyncus

[sic] Temminck, 1821, Java.

Closely related to P. apivorus, in which sometimes included as a race (see that species). Races rather distinctive. Migratory, generally paler...

Descriptive notes: 52–68 cm; male 750–1280 g, female 950–1490 g; wingspan 115–155 cm. Similar to P. apivorus, but larger, shorter-tailed, lacks dark carpal patch on underwing and shows six (versus five) primary “fingers...
figure, drawing, illustration of Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhynchus)

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...
figure, drawing, illustration of Zapata Rail (Cyanolimnas cerverai)

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...
figure, drawing, illustration of Imperial Woodpecker (Campephilus imperialis)