English Name Scientific Name German Name Spanish Name
Cebu Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum quadricolor
Red-striped Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum australe Rostbauch-Mistelfresser
Scarlet-collared Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum retrocinctum Mindoromistelfresser
Visayan Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum haematostictum
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum trigonostigma Orangebauch-Mistelfresser
Buzzing Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum hypoleucum Weißbauch-Mistelfresser
Pale-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum erythrorhynchos Lachsschnabel-Mistelfresser
Nilgiri Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum concolor Einfarb-Mistelfresser
Pygmy Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum pygmaeum Zwergmistelfresser
Crimson-crowned Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum nehrkorni Nehrkornmistelfresser
Ashy Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum vulneratum Seranmistelfresser
Flame-breasted Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum erythrothorax Burumistelfresser
Olive-crowned Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum pectorale Papuamistelfresser
Red-capped Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum geelvinkianum Rotkappen-Mistelfresser
Louisiade Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum nitidum Louisiadenmistelfresser
Red-banded Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum eximium Bismarckmistelfresser
Midget Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum aeneum Bronzemistelfresser
Mottled Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum tristrami Tristrammistelfresser
Black-fronted Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum igniferum Rotkehl-Mistelfresser
Red-chested Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum maugei Blauwangen-Mistelfresser
Blood-breasted Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum sanguinolentum Purpurmistelfresser
Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum Rotsteiß-Mistelfresser
Grey-sided Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum celebicum Schwarzwangen-Mistelfresser
Black-sided Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum monticolum Borneomistelfresser
Fire-breasted Flowerpecker Dicaeum ignipectus Feuerbrust-Mistelfresser
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker Dicaeum cruentatum Scharlachmistelfresser
Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker Dicaeum trochileum Feuerkopf-Mistelfresser
Tit Berrypecker@ Oreocharis arfaki Gelbbauch-Beerenpicker
Painted Berrypecker@ Paramythia montium Schopfbeerenfresser
Forty-spotted Pardalote@ Pardalotus quadragintus Tasmanpanthervogel Pardalote Tasmano
Spotted Pardalote@ Pardalotus punctatus Fleckenpanthervogel Pardelote Moteado
Red-browed Pardalote@ Pardalotus rubricatus Rotbrauen-Panthervogel Pardalote Cejirrojo
Striated Pardalote@ Pardalotus striatus Streifenpanthervogel Pardalote de Puntas Amarillas
Obscure Berrypecker@ Melanocharis arfakiana Arfakbeerenpicker
Black Berrypecker Melanocharis nigra Weißbüschel-Beerenpicker
Mid-mountain Berrypecker@ Melanocharis longicauda Gelbbüschel-Beerenpicker
Fan-tailed Berrypecker@ Melanocharis versteri Fächerschwanz-Beerenpicker
Streaked Berrypecker@ Melanocharis striativentris Streifenbauch-Beerenpicker
Spotted Berrypecker@ Rhamphocharis crassirostris Schlankschnabel-Beerenpicker
Olive-backed Flowerpecker@ Prionochilus olivaceus Grünmantel-Mistelfresser
Yellow-breasted Flowerpecker Prionochilus maculatus Goldbrust-Mistelfresser
Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker Prionochilus percussus Mennigbrust-Mistelfresser
Palawan Flowerpecker@ Prionochilus plateni Palawanmistelfresser
Yellow-rumped Flowerpecker@ Prionochilus xanthopygius Gelbbürzel-Mistelfresser
Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker Prionochilus thoracicus Rubinkehl-Mistelfresser
Golden-rumped Flowerpecker@ Pachyglossa annae Bartmistelfresser
Thick-billed Flowerpecker Pachyglossa agilis Dickschnabel-Mistelfresser
Brown-backed Flowerpecker Pachyglossa everetti Braunrücken-Mistelfresser
Striped Flowerpecker@ Pachyglossa aeruginosa
Whiskered Flowerpecker@ Pachyglossa propria Graubrust-Mistelfresser
Yellow-vented Flowerpecker Pachyglossa chrysorrhea Gelbsteiß-Mistelfresser
Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker Pachyglossa melanoxantha Gelbbauch-Mistelfresser
White-throated Flowerpecker@ Pachyglossa vincens Weißkehl-Mistelfresser
Yellow-sided Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum aureolimbatum Gelbflanken-Mistelfresser
Olive-capped Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum nigrilore Olivkopf-Mistelfresser
Flame-crowned Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum anthonyi Goldkronen-Mistelfresser
Bicolored Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum bicolor Zweifarben-Mistelfresser
Plain Flowerpecker Dicaeum minullum Einfarb-Mistelfresser
Andaman Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum virescens Andaman-Mistelfresser
Plain Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum minullum Hainan-Mistelfresser
Halmahera Flowerpecker@ Dicaeum schistaceiceps Halmaheramistelfresser

Help with Searching

My work on birds is carried out in a huge database, where I can have all records open at once. However, converting details on over 10,000 species of birds at once into html is not possible, so the information in my database can be accessed via a search engine, or by going to a family group.

Here is some advice on searching. You may like to try the examples cited below to get experience with searching.

You can search on Scientific Name (for example, “Rallus longirostris”); or on English Name (for example, “Clapper Rail”); or on French Name “Râle gris”; or German Name (for example, “Klapperralle”); or Spanish Name (for example “Rascón Piquilargo”). You can search on only one of these at a time. If the search finds a unique match, it will display full details of the species. Note that some of the fields, which may contain large amounts of information, require you to click on a “Click to see full text” to view the information in a separate window.

If the search finds more than one match, it will display all species that match the search term. For example, if you type just “Rallus” against Scientific Name, the detail of all birds in the genus Rallus will be displayed. You are warned against typing a search term that will produce hundreds of records, such as “Flycatcher” under English Name, as the resulting list may overwhelm your computer’s memory.

If you enter a search term under English Synonym ( for example, “Little Cassowary”), if the search finds a unique match, it will display the details of the species to which this name relates (in this case “Dwarf Cassowary” Casuarius bennettii). If the search term finds more than one match among English Synonyms, it will display all species that have a match with the search term ( for example, try just “Cassowary”. This will list all species that have an English synonym that includes the word “Cassowary”.)

You can also search by Scientific Synonym. For example, if you type “Scolopax obscura”, the following record will be displayed:
Scolopax obscura S.G.Gmelin,1784,Reise durch Russland zur Untersuchung der drey Reiche,3,p.90,pl.17. (Shore of Caspian Sea). (= R.a.aquaticus)

The search may retrieve more than one record. For example, if you search for “Rallus gularis”, you will get both the following records:
Rallus gularis Horsfield,1821,Transactions of the Linnaean Society of London,13,pt.1,p.196.(Java.), which is the basis of Gallirallus striatus gularis; and
Rallus gularis Lesson(ex Cuvier MS),”1831”,Traité d'Ornithologie(1830),p.536. (Madagascar). Not Rallus gularis of Horsfield,1821. (= D.c.cuvieri), which is a synonym, though not available because it is pre-occupied, of Dryolimnas cuvieri cuvieri.

Of course if you use a single word as a search term, such as “Hypotaenidia”, your search will produce all synonyms containing this term.

You should be aware that I have reproduced exactly the name as it was cited by the original author. For example, Gallirallus was originally proposed by Lafresnaye,1841 as “Galli-rallus”. And the ligature “æ” was widely used before the twentieth century, as in “Anser cærulescens Bonnaterre,1790”.
I am in the process of going through my file and replacing all instances of spelling which deviate from the modern spelling with, for example, “Gallirallus [as Galli-rallus] Lafresnaye,1841”.
Another problem is that where a citation has abbreviated the name, the abbreviated portions of the name are reproduced in brackets. For example, in G. R. Gray, 1844-49, the genus was abbreviated to the first letter; thus we find C[achinna] herpetotheres.

If you enter a term under Generic Name, if a unique match is found, it should display a single record. For example, if you enter “Rallus”, the following will be displayed:
Rallus Linnaeus,1758,Systema Naturae....editio decima,tom.1,pars 1,p.153.Type,by subsequent designation (Fleming,1821,Memoirs of the Wernerian Natural History Society,3,p.176.),Rallus aquaticus Linnaeus,1758.

Note that this is case-sensitive, for example if you type Rallus, the citation for “Gallirallus” will not be displayed, nor that for “Laterallus”.

Since my checklist is extensively annotated, this search will also display any notes that apply to a generic name. For example, if you searched for “Lyrurus”, the following will be produced:
Lyrurus Swainson,”1831”,in Swainson & Richardson,Fauna Boreali-Americana,2(1832),p.497.Type,by original designation,Tetrao tetrix Linnaeus,1758.
Note!:Madge & McGowan,2002,Pheasants,Partridges and Grouse,p.368 resurrect Lyrurus as a genus:"Though often absorbed within Tetrao,the two species of black grouse form a distinctive pair...both Lyrurus have quite ornate,peculiarly twisted tails and
(ctd!) indulge in communal lekking, which differs considerably from the often solitary "popping" of forest-living capercaillies."

Searching for a Subgeneric name is similar. For example, if you enter “Tricholimnas”, you will get:
Tricholimnas Sharpe,1893,Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club,1,p.28.Type,by original designation,Tricholimnas lafresnayanus (Verreaux) = Gallirallus lafresnayanus J. Verreaux & Des Murs,1860.
And as is usual with subgeneric names, a following note:
Note>:Tricholimnas contains only G.lafresnayanus.

Finally, you can search on Generic or Subgeneric Synonym. If you type “Nesolimnas”, you will get:
Nesolimnas Andrews,1896,Novitates Zoologicae,3,pp.260,266.Type,by monotypy,Rallus dieffenbachii G.R.Gray,1843. (= Hypotaenidea)
The entry on brackets indicates that this is a synonym of the subgeneric name Hypotaenidea.

Note that such searches will not infrequently produce more than one result. This will include cases where a name was originally cited as a Nomen nudum (that is, no type species was designated), and later cited with a valid type species. It will also include cases of Homonyms, where the later name will be marked “Not….”.

If you have any further queries, please email jpenhall@bigpond.net.au