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 Curassow (Pauxi unicornis)

Taxonomy:

Pauxi unicornis

J. Bond and Meyer de Schauensee, 1939, above Bolívar, near Palmar, Yungas de Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Has been considered a race of P. pauxi, and until very recently was treated as conspecific with P. koepckeae, but differs from latter in...

Descriptive notes: 85–95 cm; male c. 3850 g; female c. 3600 g. Large, virtually all-black cracid with white vent and tip to tail. Bright red bill and pale blue casque, which grows up to 6·3 cm. Legs normally pale red, but...
figure, drawing, illustration of Horned Curassow (Pauxi unicornis)

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)

Northern Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

Taxonomy:

Motacilla Troglodytes

Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.

Until recently considered conspecific with T. hiemalis and T. pacificus; degree of differentiation from these taxa still in need of study...

Descriptive notes: 9–10 cm; 6–12 g. Nominate race has pale buff supercilium, brown lores and ear coverts spotted off-white; crown dark brown, back warmer brown, rump more rufous-brown; shoulders and upperwing coverts rufous-brown with...
figure, drawing, illustration of Northern Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

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)