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Browsing through a species group

Depending on your selection, you can have a family or genus displayed.

You have a number of filter options: a. all, ticked or non-ticked (Default all); b. Geographical areas (default All) and c. checklist to be used (default as per your personal settings - Clements 6.7 for birds and GT 2.0 for non-birds). If you have modified the options, you need to click on "Set Filter" to activate.

* Column 1 gives sequence # based on the checklist that has been filtered
* Column 2 has a green tick marker if you have ticked the taxa
* Column 3 shows the IUCN codes (click on the code and you will be linked to IUCN species info site)

By clicking on on the menu line on any of these 3 columns (and column 5 and 6, see below), it will sort ascendingly or descendingly. You restore to the default sequence by clicking on column 1 until you have sequence #1 at the top.

* Column 4 has a Show/Hide marker for polytypic species (i.e. a species with multiple subspecies) - click on to show the underlying taxa; click again to hide. If you have expanded a number of polytypic species, you can hide them all by clicking on the species group itself.

* Column 5 (English name), column 6 (Scientific name) and, if you have the language option other than English, column 7 (Domestic name) are self-explanatory. The English and scientific names are from the checklist that has been filtered (in this case Clements 6.7). The domestic names come from various sources and translations.

* Column 8 has markers for species or subspecies with photos ( links to Photo Gallery) and those which lack photos ( links to Photo Upload page).

You can set the value on how many entries you want to display at a time. Also, you have a Search field with a predictive search function (starts after you have typed two letters) which is handy when browsing through big species groups like e.g. hummingbirds.

Finally, you will be redirected to the info page of the species which is highlighted in yellow by clicking on it.
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1 Western Swamphen
Porphyrio porphyrio
EU, AF sw Europe, nw Africa
2 African Swamphen
Porphyrio madagascariensis
AF Africa and Madagascar
3 Grey-headed Swamphen
Porphyrio poliocephalus
EU, OR Middle East and Indian subcontinent to s China, n Thailand, Andaman and Nicobar Is and s Myanmar to c and s Indocho the Malay Pen.
    Porphyrio poliocephalus seistanicus
se Turkey to the Caspian Sea, nw Iran, Iraq to Pakistan and nw India
    Porphyrio poliocephalus poliocephalus
India and Sri Lanka to sw China and n Thailand, Andaman and Nicobar Is.
    Porphyrio poliocephalus viridis
s Myanmar to c and s Indochina to the Malay Pen.
7 Black-backed Swamphen
Porphyrio indicus
OR Sumatra, Java, se Borneo, sw Sulawesi and s Philippines
8 Philippine Swamphen
Porphyrio pulverulentus
OR Philippines, Talaud Is.
9 Australasian Swamphen
Porphyrio melanotus
AU, PO widespread
    Porphyrio melanotus melanopterus
n, se Sulawesi, Moluccas, Lesser Sundas and New Guinea region.
    Porphyrio melanotus pelewensis
Palau Is.
    Porphyrio melanotus melanotus
n, e Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Lord Howe, Norfolk, Chatham and Kermadec Is.
    Porphyrio melanotus bellus
sw Australia
    Porphyrio melanotus samoensis
Admiralty Is. to New Caledonia, Solomon Is., Fiji and Samoa.
15 White Swamphen   EX 
Porphyrio albus †
AU Lord Howe I. (Australia)
16 North Island Takahe   EX 
Porphyrio mantelli ††
AU North Island, New Zealand
17 South Island Takahe   EN 
Porphyrio hochstetteri
AU South Island, New Zealand
18 Allen's Gallinule
Porphyrio alleni
AF widespread
19 Purple Gallinule
Porphyrio martinica
NA, MA, SA se USA to n Argentina
20 Azure Gallinule
Porphyrio flavirostris
SA n, Amazonia, sc

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