Species

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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)

Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus)

Taxonomy:

Buceros erythrorhynchus

Temminck, 1823, Mora, Cameroon.

Closest to T. monteiri, but close also to T. flavirostris, T. leucomelas and T. deckeni (and presumably jacksoni...

Descriptive notes: 35 cm; male 124–185 g, female 90–151 g (nominate), male 182 g, female 148 g (race kempi), male 128 g, female 125 g (race ruahae). Small, black-and-white hornbill with spotted wing-coverts, white in outer tail, and long,...
figure, drawing, illustration of Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus)

Sulphur-breasted Warbler (Phylloscopus ricketti)

Taxonomy:

Cryptolopha ricketti

Slater, 1897, Kuan-t’un, north-west Fujian, south-east China.

Has sometimes been treated as conspecific with P. cantator, and this is a serious option, with the inclusion of P. calciatilis; but...

Descriptive notes: 10–11 cm. A medium-sized leaf-warbler with bright yellow head stripes and underparts. Has prominent head pattern of blackish crown side, greenish-yellow central crownstripe (sometimes grey streaks on nape), long bright yellow...
figure, drawing, illustration of Sulphur-breasted Warbler (Phylloscopus ricketti)

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

Taxonomy:

Tringa Glareola

Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.

Monotypic.

Descriptive notes: 19–23 cm; 34–98 g; wingspan 54–57 cm. Small, graceful sandpiper; head, neck and breast finely streaked grey-brown; supercilium and throat white; upperparts black-brown with white spots, underparts white. Similar to T....
figure, drawing, illustration of Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

Magellanic Horned Owl (Bubo magellanicus)

Taxonomy:

Strix magellanicus

Lesson, 1828, Straits of Magellan.

Until recently included as a race of B. virginianus, but differs from the taxon in vocalizations#R...

Descriptive notes: c. 45 cm; 830 g (n = 1 male). Very like B. virginianus; differs in smaller size (wing length 318–368 mm versus 297–390 mm in virginianus), smaller ear tufts, smaller bill, weaker talons, more prominent rim around...
figure, drawing, illustration of Magellanic Horned Owl (Bubo magellanicus)