English Name Scientific Name German Name Spanish Name
Helmeted Myna@ Basilornis galeatus Helmatzel
Long-crested Myna@ Basilornis corythaix Molukkenatzel
Apo Myna@ Goodfellowia mirandus Prachtatzel
White-necked Myna@ Streptocitta albicollis Weißhalsatzel
Bare-eyed Myna@ Streptocitta albertinae Sulaatzel
Coleto@ Sarcops calvus Kahlkopfatzel
Ceylon Myna@ Gracula ptilogenys Dschungelatzel
Hill Myna Gracula religiosa Beo
Fiery-browed Myna@ Enodes erythrophris Rotbrauenstar
Grosbeak Starling@ Scissirostrum dubium Finkenschnabelstar
Yellow-billed Oxpecker Buphagus africanus Gelbschnabel-Madenhacker
Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus erythrorhynchus Rotschnabel-Madenhacker
Rodriguez Starling@+ Necropsar rodericanus
Hoopoe Starling@+ Fregilupus varius
White-faced Starling@ Sturninus albofrontatus Greisenstar
Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnia malabarica Graukopfstar
White-headed Starling@ Sturnia erythropygia Andamanenstar
Brahminy Starling Sturnia pagodarum Pagodenstar
Red-billed Starling Spodiopsar sericeus Seidenstar
Chestnut-cheeked Starling Agropsar philippensis Violettrückenstar
Purple-backed Starling Agropsar sturninus Mongolenstar
Rosy Starling Pastor roseus Rosenstar
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris Star
Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor Einfarbstar
White-cheeked Starling Spodiopsar cineraceus Weißwangenstar
Asian Pied Starling Graupica contra Elsterstar
Black-collared Starling Gracupica nigricollis Schwarzhalsstar
Vinous-breasted Starling Acridotheres burmannicus Burmastar
Black-winged Starling@ Acridotheres melanopterus Schwarzflügelstar
White-shouldered Starling Sturnia sinensis Mandarinstar
Bali Myna@ Leucopsar rothschildi Balistar
Common Myna Acridotheres tristis Hirtenmaina
Bank Myna Acridotheres ginginianus Ufermaina
Jungle Myna Acridotheres fuscus Dschungelmaina
Pale-bellied Myna Acridotheres cinereus
White-vented Myna Acridotheres grandis Langschopfmaina
Collared Myna Acridotheres albocinctus Halsbandmaina
Crested Myna Acridotheres cristatellus Haubenmaina
Golden-crested Myna Ampeliceps coronatus Kronenatzel
Golden Myna@ Mino anais Orangeatzel
Yellow-faced Myna Mino dumontii Papuaatzel
Sulawesi Myna@ Basilornis celebensis Königsatzel
Purple Starling Lamprotornis purpureus Purpurglanzstar
Cape Starling Lamprotornis nitens Rotschulter-Glanzstar
Bronze-tailed Starling Lamprotornis chalcurus Erzglanzstar
Greater Blue-eared Starling Lamprotornis chalybaeus Grünschwanz-Glanzstar
Lesser Blue-eared Starling Lamprotornis chloropterus Messingglanzstar
Miombo Blue-eared Starling Lamprotornis elisabeth
Sharp-tailed Starling Lamprotornis acuticaudus Keilschwanz-Glanzstar
Splendid Starling Lamprotornis splendidus Prachtglanzstar
Principe Starling@ Lamprotornis ornatus Prinzenglanzstar
Burchell's Starling Lamprotornis australis Riesenglanzstar
Meves's Starling Lamprotornis mevesii Mevesglanzstar
Rueppell's Starling Lamprotornis purpuroptera Schweifglanzstar
Long-tailed Glossy-Starling Lamprotornis caudatus Langschwanz-Glanzstar
Abbott's Starling Poeoptera femoralis Abbottstar
Sharpe's Starling Speculipastor sharpii Rostbauchstar
Violet-backed Starling Cinnyricinclus leucogaster Amethystglanzstar
Magpie Starling Speculipastor bicolor Spiegelstar
Babbling Starling Neocichla gutturalis Weißflügelstar
Fischer's Starling Laamprotornis fischeri Fischerglanzstar
Pied Starling@ Lamprotornis bicolor Zweifarbstar
White-crowned Starling Lamprotornis albicapillus Weißscheitelstar
Superb Starling Lamprotornis superbus
Chestnut-bellied Starling Lamprotornis pulcher Rotbauch-Glanzstar
Shelley's Starling Lamprotornis shelleyi Shelleyglanzstar
Hildebrandt's Starling Lamprotornis hildebrandti Hildebrandtglanzstar
Golden-breasted Starling Lamprotornis regius Königsglanzstar
Ashy Starling Lamprotornis unicolor Grauglanzstar
Madagascar Starling@ Hartlaubius auratus Madagaskarstar
Spot-winged Starling Saroglossa spiloptera Marmorstar
Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea Lappenstar
Atoll Starling Aplonis feadensis Atollstar
Rennell Starling@ Aplonis insularis Rennellstar
Makira Starling@ Aplonis dichroa San-Cristobal-Star
Brown-winged Starling@ Aplonis grandis Kragenstar
Moluccan Starling Aplonis mysolensis Molukkenstar
Long-tailed Starling@ Aplonis magna Geelvinkstar
Short-tailed Starling Aplonis minor Sundastar
Asian Glossy Starling Aplonis panayensis Malaienstar
Metallic Starling Aplonis metallica Weberstar
Yellow-eyed Starling@ Aplonis mystacea Mimikastar
White-eyed Starling@ Aplonis brunneicapillus Weißaugenstar
Kenrick's Starling Poeoptera kenricki Kenrickstar
Stuhlmann's Starling Poeoptera stuhlmanni Stuhlmannstar
Narrow-tailed Starling Poeoptera lugubris Spitzschwanzstar
White-collared Starling Grafisia torquata Ringstar
Waller's Starling Onychognathus walleri Wallerstar
Pale-winged Starling Onychognathus nabouroup Fahlflügelstar
Red-winged Starling Onychognathus morio Rotschwingenstar
Neumann's Red-winged Starling Onychognathus neumanni Rotschwingenstar
Somali Starling Onychognathus blythii Somalistar
Socotra Starling@ Onychognathus frater Sokotrastar
Tristram's Starling Onychognathus tristramii Tristramstar
Chestnut-winged Starling Onychognathus fulgidus Kastanienflügelstar
Slender-billed Starling Onychognathus tenuirostris Zimtflügelstar
White-billed Starling@ Onychognathus albirostris Weißschnabelstar
Bristle-crowned Starling Onychognathus salvadorii Helmstar
Emerald Starling Lamprotornis iris Schillerglanzstar
Copper-tailed Glossy-Starling Hylopsar cupreocauda Kupferglanzstar
Purple-headed Glossy-Starling Hylopsar purpureiceps Samtglanzstar
Black-bellied Glossy-Starling Notopholia corrusca Schwarzbauch-Glanzstar
Southern Hill Myna Gracula indica
Rusty-winged Starling@ Aplonis zelandica Rostflügelstar
Mountain Starling@ Aplonis santovestris Rostbürzelstar
Pohnpei Starling@ Aplonis pelzelni Pelzelnstar
Samoan Starling@ Aplonis atrifusca Samoastar
Kosrae Starling@+ Aplonis corvina
Maki Starling Aplonis mavornata
Raratonga Starling@ Aplonis cinerascens Rarotongastar
Polynesian Starling Aplonis tabuensis Südseestar
Striated Starling Aplonis striata Dickschnabelstar
Tasman Starling@+ Aplonis fusca Norfolkstar
Micronesian Starling Aplonis opaca Carolinenstar
Singing Starling Aplonis cantoroides Singstar
Tanimbar Starling@ Aplonis crassa Tanimbarstar

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