English Name Scientific Name German Name Spanish Name
Spotted Kestrel@ Falco moluccensis Molukkenfalke Cernícalo Moluqueño
Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides Graubartfalke Cernícalo Australiano
Greater Kestrel Falco rupicoloides Steppenfalke Cernícalo Ojiblanco
Fox Kestrel Falco alopex Fuchsfalke Cernícalo Zorruno
Grey Kestrel Falco ardosiaceus Graufalke Cernícalo Pizarroso
Dickinson's Kestrel Falco dickinsoni Schwarzrückenfalke Cernícalo Dorsinegro
Banded Kestrel@ Falco zoniventris Bindenfalke Cernícalo Malgache
Red-necked Falcon Falco chicquera Rothalsfalke Alcotán Turumti
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus Rotfußfalke Cernícalo Patirrojo
Amur Falcon Falco amurensis Amurfalke Cernícalo del Amur
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae Eleonorenfalke Halcón de Eleonora
Sooty Falcon Falco concolor Schieferfalke Halcón Pizarroso
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis Aplomadofalke Halcón Aleto
Merlin Falco columbarius Merlin Esmerejón
Bat Falcon Falco rufigularis Fledermausfalke Halcón Murcielaguero
Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo Baumfalke Alcotán Europeo
African Hobby Falco cuvierii Afrikanischer Baumfalke Alcotán Africano
Oriental Hobby Falco severus Maleienbaumfalke Alcotán Filipino
Australian Hobby Falco longipennis Australischer Baumfalke Alcotán Australiano
New Zealand Falcon@ Falco novaeseelandiae Maorifalke Halcón Maori
Grey Falcon@ Falco hypoleucos Silberfalke Halcón Gris
Black Falcon@ Falco subniger Rußfalke Halcón Negro
Prairie Falcon Falco mexicanus Präriefalke Halcón Mejicano
Laggar Falcon Falco jugger Laggarfalke Halcón Yággar
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus Lannerfalke Halcón Borní
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug Würgfalke Halcón Sacre
Gyrfalcon Falco rusticolus Gerfalke Halcón Gerifalte
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Wanderfalke Halcón Peregrino
Orange-breasted Falcon Falco deiroleucus Rotbrustfalke Halcón Pechirrojo
Taita Falcon Falco fasciinucha Taitafalke Halcón Taita
Pygmy Falcon Polihierax semitorquatus Halsband-Zwergfalke Halconcito Africano
White-rumped Falcon Polihierax insignis Langschwanz-Zwergfalke Halconcito Asiático
Collared Falconet Microhierax caerulescens Rotkehlfälkchen Falconete Acollarado
Black-thighed Falconet Microhierax fringillarius Finkenfälkchen Falconete Indonesio
White-fronted Falconet@ Microhierax latifrons Weißscheitelfälkchen Falconete de Borneo
Philippine Falconet@ Microhierax erythrogenys Zweifarbenfälkchen Falconete Filipino
Pied Falconet Microhierax melanoleucos Elsterfälkchen Falconete Pío
Brown Falcon Falco berigora Habichtfalke Halcón Berigora
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni Rötelfalke Cernícalo Primilla
American Kestrel Falco sparverius Buntfalke Cernícalo Americano
Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus Turmfalke Cernícalo Vulgar
Madagascar Kestrel Falco newtoni Madagaskarfalke Cernícalo de Aldabra
Mauritius Kestrel@ Falco punctatus Mauritiusfalke Cernícalo de la Mauricio
Seychelles Kestrel@ Falco araeus Seychellenfalke Cernícalo de las Seychelles

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