Species

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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)

Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons)

Taxonomy:

Muscicapa rufifrons

Latham, 1801, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Hitherto considered to include R. melanolaema and usually R. kubaryi (see both species). Often considered conspecific with R. ...

Descriptive notes: 15·5–17·5 cm; 8–13·5 g. Nominate race has forehead rufous, crown, face, nape and mantle dull grey-brown, shading to rufous on lower back, rump and uppertail-coverts; upperwing grey-brown; tail rufous...
figure, drawing, illustration of Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons)

Malay Eared-nightjar (Lyncornis temminckii)

Taxonomy:

Lyncornis Temminckii

Gould, 1838, Borneo.

Previously placed in genus Eurostopodus. Race jacobsoni of L. macrotis may belong in present species...

Descriptive notes: 25–28 cm. Sexes similar. Shows distinct "ears"; upperparts brown speckled buff, pale buff and cinnamon, crown boldly spotted with blackish-brown; thin buff nuchal ­collar; wing-coverts brown, speckled and spotted...
figure, drawing, illustration of Malay Eared-nightjar (Lyncornis temminckii)

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....
figure, drawing, illustration of Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus)

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)