English Name Scientific Name German Name Spanish Name
Puff-throated Babbler Pellorneum ruficeps Streifenbrusttimalie
Marsh Babbler Pellorneum palustre Sumpftimalie
Brown-capped Babbler@ Pellorneum fuscocapillus Braunkappen-Erdtimalie
Black-capped Babbler Pellorneum capistratum Schwarzkappen-Erdtimalie
Spot-throated Babbler Pellorneum albiventre Weißbauch-Erdtimalie
Buff-breasted Babbler Pellorneum tickelli Rotbrust-Maustimalie
Temminck's Babbler Pellorneum pyrrogenys Rostwangen-Maustimalie
White-chested Babbler Pellorneum rostratum Weißkopf-Maustimalie
Sulawesi Babbler@ Pellorneum celebense Weißkehl-Maustimalie
Ferruginous Babbler Pellorneum bicolor Weißwangen-Maustimalie
Swamp Prinia Laticilla cinerascens
Gold-fronted Fulvetta@ Schoeniparus variegaticeps Buntkopfalcippe
Yellow-throated Fulvetta Schoeniparus cinereus Gelbkehlalcippe
Rufous-winged Fulvetta Schoeniparus castaneceps Kastanienalcippe
Rufous-throated Fulvetta Schoeniparus rufogularis Kropfbandalcippe
Rusty-capped Fulvetta@ Schoeniparus dubius
Dusky Fulvetta Schoeniparus brunneus Rotkopfalcippe
White-hooded Babbler Gampsorhynchus rufulus Weißkopftimalie
Rufous-vented Prinia Laticilla burnesii Schweifprinie
Indian Grassbird Graminicola bengalensis Katzengrassänger
Short-tailed Scimitar-Babbler@ Rimator danjoui Kurzschwanzsäbler
Naung Mung Scimitar-Babbler@ Rimator naunmongensis
Long-billed Wren-Babbler Rimator malacoptilus Zwergsäbler
White-throated Wren-Babbler@ Rimator pasquieri
Sumatran Wren-Babbler@ Rimator albostriatus
Bornean Wren-Babbler@ Ptilocichla leucogrammica Borneowolltimalie
Striated Wren-Babbler@ Ptilocichla mindanensis Philippinenwolltimalie
Falcated Wren-Babbler@ Ptilocichla falcata Palawanwolltimalie
Striped Wren-Babbler Kenopia striata Goldzügeltimalie
Rusty-breasted Wren-Babbler@ Turdinus rufipectus Kastanienbauchtimalie
Black-throated Wren-Babbler@ Turdinus atrigularis Fahlbauchtimalie
Large Wren-Babbler Turdinus macrodactylus Graubauchtimalie
Marbled Wren-Babbler Turdinus marmoratus Marmortimalie
Limestone Wren-Babbler Gypsophila crispifrons Kalksteintimalie
Streaked Wren-Babbler Gypsophila brevicaudata Stutzschwanztimalie
Mountain Wren-Babbler@ Gypsophila crassa Blaßkehltimalie
Eye-browed Wren-Babbler Napothera epilepidota Brustfleckentimalie
Abbott's Babbler Malacocincla abbotti Rotschwanz-Maustimalie
Horsfield's Babbler Malacocincla sepiaria Horsfieldmaustimalie
Black-browed Babbler@ Malacocincla perspicillata Schwarzbrauen-Maustimalie
Short-tailed Babbler Pellorneum malaccensis Kurzschwanz-Maustimalie
Ashy-headed Babbler@ Pellorneum cinereiceps Graukopf-Maustimalie
Mountain Illadopsis Illadopsis pyrrhoptera Bergbuschdrossling
Blackcap Illadopsis Illadopsis cleaveri Augenbrauen-Buschdrossling
Scaly-breasted Illadopsis Illadopsis albipectus Schupppenbrust-Buschdrossling
Rufous-winged Illadopsis Illadopsis rufescens Rostschwingen-Buschdrossling
Pale-breasted Illadopsis Illadopsis rufipennis Grauwangen-Buschdrossling
Brown Illadopsis Illadopsis fulvescens Braunbauch-Buschdrossling
Puvel's Illadopsis Illadopsis puveli Großfuß-Buschdrossling
Spotted Thrush Babbler Illadopsis turdinus Weißbauch-Drosseltimalie
Moustached Babbler Malacopteron magnirostre Bartstreif-Zwergtimalie
Sooty-capped Babbler Malacopteron affine Schwarzscheitel-Zwergtimalie
Scaly-crowned Babbler Malacopteron cinereum Rotstirn-Zwergtimalie
Rufous-crowned Babbler Malacopteron magnum Rotscheitel-Zwergtimalie
Melodious Babbler@ Malacopteron palawanense Palawanxwergtimalie
Grey-breasted Babbler Malacopteron albogulare Graubrust-Zwergtimalie
Chinese Grassbird Graminicola striatus
Collared Babbler Gampsorhynchus torquatus
Black-crowned Fulvetta Schoeniparus klossi

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