Species

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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)

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

Taxonomy:

Alauda alpestris

Linnaeus, 1758, coast of South Carolina, USA.

See E. bilopha. Numerous races described over vast range, based mainly on differences in size, ground colour (partly determined by local soil...

Descriptive notes: 14–17 cm; 30–40 g. Medium-sized lark with short bill, fairly long tail, and striking head pattern with elongated lateral crown feathers (“horns”). Male nominate race has yellow forehead and supercilium, yellow...
figure, drawing, illustration of Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)

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)

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)

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)