Whitecrested laughing thrush

Corvus leucolophus Hardwicke, 1815, Uttar Pradesh. Five subspecies. DNA hybridization study suggests Garrulax and Lioci-chla compose a separate subfamily (Garrulacinae) from the other babblers, which belong in another subfamily, together with some warblers (Sylviinae). English White-crested jay thrush French Garrulaxe a huppe blanche German Weisshaubenhaherling. 12 in (30 cm). Instantly recognizable dark-bodied, white-headed bird with bushy crest and black mask and beak. Sexes monomorphic....

Conservation status

As of 2002, the IUCN and BirdLife International designated five babblers as Endangered, 22 as Vulnerable, and 39 as Near Threatened. In addition, it appears that subspecies of two otherwise globally non-threatened species may be extinct The southern Turkish bearded reedling (Panurus biarmicus kosswigi) appears to have been a victim of wetlands destruction, while the mysterious Astley's leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea astleyi), known only from the bird trade more than 80 years ago, may have been...

Plumthroated cotinga

OTHER COMMON NAMES French Cotinga de Maynas German Veilchenkehl Kotinga Spanish Continga de Garganta Morada. The average weight is 2.5 oz (70 g). This species is starling-sized, and the males are predominantly blue in color, with a violet colored throat. Their subcutaneous and perivisceral fat often takes on the blue color of the berries they prefer. This species is found in western Amazonia, from southeastern Colombia to northern Bolivia and western Brazil. The...