Species

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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)

Spot-winged Wood-quail (Odontophorus capueira)

Taxonomy:

Perdix capueira

Spix, 1825, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Race plumbeicollis not well defined and possibly undiagnosable, seemingly based on a unique type#R....

Descriptive notes: 26·5–30 cm; estimated weight of male 457 g, of female 396 g. Bright red bare eyering and eyelid. Sides of head, malar region, chin, throat, breast and belly plain grey; overall colour brown to grey. Crest and crown...
figure, drawing, illustration of Spot-winged Wood-quail (Odontophorus capueira)

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Taxonomy:

Colymbus auritus

Linnaeus, 1758, Europe and America; restricted to Vaasa, Finland.

Sometimes placed in genus Dytes, although actually closer to P. grisegena and P. cristatus than to other Podiceps. Has...

Descriptive notes: 31–38 cm; 300–470 g. Nominate race in breeding plumage Another close view An adult settling on nest has blackish cap, hindneck and upperparts; upperwing blackish brown to brown-grey, with large white panel over...
figure, drawing, illustration of Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Taxonomy:

Strix virginiana

J. F. Gmelin, 1788, Virginia, USA.

Has been considered to belong to the B. bubo species-group (see that species, below). Formerly included B. magellanicus as a race, but...

Descriptive notes: 45–60 cm; male 985–1585 g, female 1417–2503 g; wingspan 91–152 cm. Large, powerful owl, ear tufts large and erect, plumage distinctly greyish to grey-brown or more buffy-brown, mottled and vermiculated...
figure, drawing, illustration of Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Pygmy Tit (Psaltria exilis)

Taxonomy:

Psaltria exilis

Temminck, 1836, Java.

Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 8·5–8·7 cm. A tiny, long-tailed, nondescript aegithalid with short, stubby, broad-based bill. Head is drab greyish-brown, tinged cinnamon on forehead; upperparts, including upperwing, medium grey with brownish tinge...
figure, drawing, illustration of Pygmy Tit (Psaltria exilis)