English Name Scientific Name German Name Spanish Name
Red-headed Finch Amadina erythrocephala Rotkopfamadine
Cut-throat Amadina fasciata Bandamadine
Black-faced Waxbill Estrilda erythronotos Elfenastrild
Red-rumped Waxbill Estrilda charmosyna Feenastrild
Red Avadavat Amandava amandava Tigerfink
Green Avadavat@ Amandava formosa Olivastrild
Orange-breasted Waxbill Amandava subflava Goldbrüstchen
Black-faced Quailfinch Ortygospiza atricollis Wachtelastrild
Red-billed Quailfinch Ortygospiza gabonensis Schwarzkinn-Wachtelastrild
Locustfinch Ortygospiza locustella Heuschreckenastrild
Mali Firefinch@ Lagonosticta virata Graurückenamarant
Chad Firefinch Lagonosticta umbrinodorsalis
Rock Firefinch Lagonosticta sanguinodorsalis
African Firefinch Lagonosticta rubricata Dunkelamarant
Pale-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta landanae Landanaamarant
Jameson's Firefinch Lagonosticta rhodopareia Rosenamarant
Black-faced Firefinch Lagonosticta vinacea Schwarzkehlamarant
Black-throated Firefinch Lagonosticta larvata Larvenamarant
Blue-breasted Cordonbleu Uraeginthus angolensis Blauastrild
Red-cheeked Cordonbleu Uraeginthus bengalus Schmetterlingastrild
Blue-capped Cordonbleu Uraeginthus cyanocephalus Blaukopfastrild
Purple Grenadier Granatina ianthinogaster Veilchenastrild
Common Grenadier Granatina granatina Granatastrild
Lavender Waxbill Estrilda caerulescens Schönbürzel
Black-tailed Waxbill Estrilda perreini Schwarzschwanz-Schönbürzel
Cinderella Waxbill Estrilda thomensis Cinderellaschönbürzel
Yellow-bellied Waxbill Coccopygia quartinia Gelbbauchastrild
Swee Waxbill Coccopygia melanotis Grünastrild
Anambra Waxbill@ Estrilda poliopareia Anambraastrild
Fawn-breasted Waxbill Estrilda paludicola Sumpfastrild
Abyssinian Waxbill Estrilda ochrogaster
Orange-cheeked Waxbill Estrilda melpoda Orangebäckchen
Crimson-rumped Waxbill Estrilda rhodopyga Zügelastrild
Arabian Waxbill Estrilda rufibarba Jemenastrild
Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes Grauastrild
Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild Wellenastrild
Black-lored Waxbill@ Estrilda nigriloris Schwarzzügelastrild
Black-crowned Waxbill Estrilda nonnula Nonnenastrild
Kandt's Waxbill Estrilda kandti
Black-headed Waxbill Estrilda atricapilla Kappenastrild
Pale-fronted Negrofinch Nigrita luteifrons Blaßstirnschwärzling
Grey-headed Negrofinch Nigrita canicapilla Graunackenschwärzling
Fernando Po Olive-back Nesocharis shelleyi Meisenastrild
White-collared Olive-back Nesocharis ansorgei Halsbandastrild
Grey-headed Olive-back Nesocharis capistrata Weißwangenastrild
Red-winged Pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera Auroraastrild
Lineated Pytilia@ Pytilia lineata
Red-faced Pytilia Pytilia hypogrammica Rotmaskenastrild
Orange-winged Pytilia Pytilia afra Wienerastrild
Green-winged Pytilia Pytilia melba Buntastrild
Green Twinspot Mandingoa nitidula Grüner Tropfenastrild
Red-faced Crimson-wing Cryptospiza reichenovii Bergastrild
Abyssinian Crimson-wing Cryptospiza salvadorii Salvadoriastrild
Dusky Crimson-wing Cryptospiza jacksoni Jacksonastrild
Shelley's Crimson-wing Cryptospiza shelleyi Rotmantelastrild
Crimson Seedcracker Pyrenestes sanguineus Karmesinastrild
Black-bellied Seedcracker Pyrenestes ostrinus Purpurastrild
Lesser Seedcracker Pyrenestes minor Grantastrild
Grant's Bluebill Spermophaga poliogenys Grantsamenknacker
Western Bluebill Spermophaga haematina Rotbrust-Samenknacker
Red-headed Bluebill Spermophaga ruficapilla Rotkopf-Samenknacker
Brown Twinspot Clytospiza monteiri Monteiroastrild
Pink-throated Twinspot Hypargos margaritatus Perlastrild
Peters's Twinspot Hypargos niveoguttatus Tropfenastrild
Dybowski's Twinspot Euschistospiza dybowskii Dybowskiastrild
Dusky Twinspot Euschistospiza cinereovinacea Schieferastrild
Black-bellied Firefinch Lagonosticta rara Schwarzbauchamarant
Bar-breasted Firefinch Lagonosticta rufopicta Pünktchenamarant
Brown Firefinch Lagonosticta nitidula Braunbürzelamarant
Red-billed Firefinch Lagonosticta senegala Senegalamarant
Red-fronted Antpecker Parmoptila rubrifrons Rotstirn-Ameisenpicker
Woodhouse's Antpecker Parmoptila woodhousei Ameisenpicker
Jameson's Antpecker Parmoptila jamesoni Ameisenpicker
White-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita fusconotus Mantelschwärzling
Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch Nigrita bicolor Zweifarbenschwärzling

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