English Name Scientific Name German Name Spanish Name
Mindoro Scops-Owl@ Otus mindorensis Mindoroeule Autillo de Mindoro
Mantanani Scops-Owl Otus mantananensis Philippinen-Zwergohreule Autillo de la Mantanani
Simeulue Scops-Owl@ Otus umbra Simalureule Autillo de la Simeulue
African Scops-Owl Otus senegalensis Afrika-Zwergohreule Autillo Africano
Rajah Scops-Owl Otus brookii Radschaeule Autillo Rajá
Rainforest Scops-Owl@ Otus rutilus Madagaskar-Zwergohreule Autillo Malgache
Torotoroka Scops-Owl@ Otus madagascariensis Madagaskareule Autillo de Madagascar
Pemba Scops-Owl Otus pembaensis Pembaeule Autillo de Pemba
Sao Tome Scops-Owl@ Otus hartlaubi Hartlaubeule Autillo de Santo Tomé
Moheli Scops-Owl@ Otus moheliensis Mohelieule Autillo de Moheli
Anjouan Scops-Owl@ Otus capnodes Anjouaneule Autillo de Anjouan
Karthala Scops-Owl@ Otus pauliani Komoreneule Autillo de las Comores
Sulawesi Scops-Owl@ Otus manadensis Manadoeule Autillo de Célebes
Siau Scops-Owl@ Otus siaoensis Siaoeule Autillo de Siao
Sangihe Scops-Owl@ Otus collari Sangiheeule Autillo de la Sangihe
Moluccan Scops-Owl Otus magicus Molukken-Zwergohreule Autillo Moluqueño
Biak Scops-Owl Otus beccarii Beccarieule Autillo de Biak
Flores Scops-Owl@ Otus alfredi Floreseule Autillo de Flores
Nicobar Scops-Owl@ Otus alius Nicobareneule Autillo de Nicobar
Enggano Scops-Owl@ Otus enganensis Engganoeule Autillo de la Enggano
Seychelles Scops-Owl@ Otus insularis Seychelleneule Autillo de Seychelles
Wallace's Scops-Owl@ Otus silvicola Wallace-Zwergohreule Autillo de Wallace
Philippine Scops-Owl@ Otus megalotis Philippinen-Zwergohreule Autillo Filipino
Indian Scops-Owl Otus bakkamoena Indien-Zwergohreule Autillo Indio
Collared Scops-Owl Otus lettia Halsband-Zwergohreule Autillo Chino
Sunda Scops-Owl Otus lempiji Sunda-Zwergohreule Autillo de la Sonda
Japanese Scops-Owl Otus semitorques Japan-Zwergohreule Autillo Japonés
Mentawai Scops-Owl@ Otus mentawi Mentawi-Zwergohreule Autillo de las Mentawai
Palawan Scops-Owl@ Otus fuliginosus Palawan-Zwergohreule Autillo de Palawan
Palau Owl@ Pyrroglaux podarginus Palaueule
Giant Scops-Owl@ Otus gurneyi Rotohreule Buho de Mindanao
White-fronted Scops-Owl Otus sagittatus Weißstirneule Autillo Frentiblanco
Reddish Scops-Owl Otus rufescens Röteleule Autillo Rojizo
Serendib Scops-Owl@ Otus thilohoffmanni Serendub-Kreischeule Autillo de Serendib
Sandy Scops-Owl Otus icterorhynchus Gelbschnabeleule Autillo Piquigualdo
Sokoke Scops-Owl@ Otus ireneae Sokokeeule Autillo de Sokoke
Mountain Scops-Owl Otus spilocephalus Fuchseule Autillo Montano
Javan Scops-Owl@ Otus angelinae Angelinaeule Autillo de Java
Mindanao Scops-Owl@ Otus mirus Mindanaoeule Autillo de Mindanao
Andaman Scops-Owl@ Otus balli Andamaneneule Autillo de Andamán
Pallid Scops-Owl Otus brucei Streifenohreule Autillo Persa
Eurasian Scops-Owl Otus scops Zwergohreule Autillo Europeo
Oriental Scops-Owl Otus sunia Orient-Zwergohreule Autillo Oriental
Ryukyu Scops-Owl Otus elegans Schmuckeule Autillo Elegante
Luzon Scops-Owl@ Otus longicornis Luzoneule Autillo de Luzón
Ussuri Scops-Owl@ Otus ussuriensis Ussuri-Zwergohreule Autillo de el Ussuri
Mayotte Scops-Owl@ Otus mayottensis Mayotte-Zwergohreule Autillo de Mayotte
Reunion Owl@+ Mascarenotus grucheti
Mauritius Owl@+ Mascarenotus sauzieri
Rodriguez Owl@+ Mascarenotus murivorus

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