English Name Scientific Name German Name Spanish Name
Lorentz's Whistler@ Pachycephala lorentzi Lorentzdickkopf
Regent Whistler@ Pachycephala schlegelii Schlegeldickkopf
Golden-backed Whistler@ Pachycephala aurea Gelbrücken-Dickkopf
Wallacean Whistler@ Pachycephala arctitorquis Weißhals-Dickkopf
Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris Schlichtmantel-Dickkopf
Drab Whistler@ Pachycephala griseonota Molukkendickkopf
Black-headed Whistler Pachycephala monacha Arudickkopf
White-bellied Whistler@ Pachycephala leucogastra Weißbauch-Dickkopf
White-breasted Whistler@ Pachycephala lanioides Weißbrust-Dickkopf
Sooty Shrikethrush@ Colluricincla tenebrosa Rußdickkopf
Little Shrikethrush Colluricincla megarhyncha Walddickkopf
Sangihe Shrikethrush@ Coracornis sanghirensis
Bower's Shrikethrush@ Colluricincla boweri Graurücken-Dickkopf
Grey Shrikethrush Colluricincla harmonica Graubrust-Dickkopf
Sandstone Shrikethrush@ Colluricincla woodwardi Braunbrust-Dickkopf
Morningbird@ Pachycephala tenebrosa Singpitohui
Variable Pitohui@ Pitohui kirhocephalus Ockerpitohui
Hooded Pitohui@ Pitohui dichrous Zweifarbenpitohui
White-bellied Pitohui@ Pseudorectes incertus Fleckenbrustpitohui
Rusty Pitohui Pseudorectes ferrugineus Einfarbpitohui
Crested Pitohui@ Ornorectes cristatus Schopfpitohui
Black Pitohui@ Melanorectes nigrescens Mohrenpitohui
Rufous-naped Whistler@ Aleadryas rufinucha Rotnacken-Dickkopf Silbador Nuquirrufo
Olive Whistler@ Pachycephala olivacea Buchendickkopf Silbador Olivacea
Red-lored Whistler@ Pachycephala rufogularis Rotzügel-Dickkopf Silbador Gorjirrufo
Gilbert's Whistler@ Pachycephala inornata Schwarzzügel-Dickkopf Silbador de Gilbert
Bornean Whistler@ Pachycephala hypoxantha Borneodickkopf
Mangrove Whistler Pachycephala cinerea Schnäpperdickkopf Silbador de Manglar
White-vented Whistler Pachycephala homeyeri Braunbrust-Dickkopf Silbador Culiblanco
Green-backed Whistler@ Pachycephala albiventris Olivrücken-Dickkopf Silbador Dosiverde
Island Whistler Pachycephala phaionota Küstendickkopf Silbador Moluqueño
Rusty Whistler@ Pachycephala hyperythra Rostbauch-Dickkopf Silbador Herrumbroso
Brown-backed Whistler@ Pachycephala modesta Braunrücken-Dickkopf Silbador Modesto
Yellow-bellied Whistler@ Pachycephala philippinensis Philippinendickkopf
Sulphur-vented Whistler@ Pachycephala sulfuriventer Celebesdickkopf
Vogelkop Whistler@ Pachycephala meyeri Braunohr-Dickkopf
Sclater's Whistler@ Pachycephala soror Grünnacken-Dickkopf
Grey Whistler@ Pachycephala simplex Graudickkopf Schiflador Girs
Fawn-breasted Whistler@ Pachycephala orpheus Orpheusdickkopf
Rusty-breasted Whistler Pachycephala fulvotincta
Banda Sea Whistler Pachycephala macrorhyncha
Black-chinned Whistler@ Pachycephala mentalis
Australian Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis Gelbbauch-Dickkopf
Bismarck Whistler@ Pachycephala citreogaster
Fulvous-tinted Whistler@ Pachycephala fulvotincta
Melanesian Whistler@ Pachycephala caledonica Ockerbauch-Dickkopf
White-throated Whistler Pachycephala vitiensis
Tongan Whistler@ Pachycephala jacquinoti Tongadickkopf
Mangrove Golden Whistler Pachycephala melanura Mangrovedickkopf
Samoan Whistler@ Pachycephala flavifrons Diademdickkopf
Hooded Whistler@ Pachycephala implicata Olivbauch-Dickkopf
Bare-throated Whistler@ Pachycephala nudigula Nacktkehl-Dickkopf
Wattled Plough-bill@ Eulacestoma nigropectus Lappendickkopf
Eastern Shrike-tit@ Falcunculus frontatus Meisendickkopf
Western Shrike-tit@ Falcunculus leucogaster
Northern Shrike-tit@ Falcunculus whitei
Crested Bellbird@ Oreoica gutturalis Haubendickkopf
Goldenface@ Pachycare flavogrisea Goldstirn-Dickkopf
Mottled Whistler@ Rhagologus leucostigma Wellendickkopf
Olive-flanked Whistler@ Hylocitrea bonensis Olivflanken-Dickkopf
Maroon-backed Whistler@ Coracornis raveni Rotrücken-Dickkopf
Fiji Whistler@ Pachycephala graeffii
Cinnamon-breasted Whistler@ Pachycephala johni Obidickkopf

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