In the vast lexicon of avian life, a select few exotics exemplify the exoticism of the elusive letter ‘X’. These birds, while exceedingly rare, exude an aura of enigma, marking exceptional entries in our extensive exploration of the skies.
Excavate the mysteries with us as we examine these ‘X’-marked marvels, extolling their exquisite existence against the expansive backdrop.
List of Birds Starting with X
- Xantus’s Hummingbird (Basilinna xantusii): As mentioned previously, this bird is native to Baja California and occasionally seen in southern California.
- Xantus’s Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus): This seabird is found in the waters off the west coast of North America, mainly around the Baja California Peninsula. It’s named after the same John Xantus mentioned earlier.
- Xingu Scale-backed Antbird (Willisornis vidua): This bird is native to the Xingu region of the Brazilian Amazon. It’s an insectivorous bird that lives in the understory of the Amazonian rainforests.
- Xinjiang Ground Jay (Podoces biddulphi): Found in China, particularly in the Xinjiang region, this bird is a species of ground jay. It’s adapted to a terrestrial life in desert regions and is notable for its long legs and swift running speed.
- X-ray Tetra (Pristella maxillaris): While not a bird, it’s worth mentioning because its name starts with an “X”. It’s a species of freshwater fish popular in the aquarium trade.
Xantus’s Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae)
Xantus’s Becard is a medium-sized passerine bird that can be found in North America, specifically in the evergreen forests and pine-oak woodlands. These birds are also heavily populated in Mexico. They were previously known as the “Rose-throated Becard” but have since been given their current name. Xantus’s Becards were initially thought to be members of the tyrant flycatcher or cotinga family, but further research revealed that they belong to their own distinct family.
The adults of this species display sexual dimorphism in their plumage. Male Xantus’s Becards have a grey head and upper parts, with a black crown and rosy bib. Their underbody is buffy in color. On the other hand, female Xantus’s Becards are brownish in color with a dull grey crown. Both males and females have a distinct “seeeeuuuuvvv” call.
Xianjing Ground-jay (Podoces biddulphi)
The Xianjing Ground-jay, also known as Biddulph’s Ground-jay, is a small ground-jay species found in China. These birds have a Near-threatened population status due to habitat degradation and loss. They belong to the corvid family and are one of the smallest members of this family. The size of their bodies is not larger than an average human adult’s hand.
Xianjing Ground-jays have a pale, sand-colored body with a black crown and black chin marks. Their wings also have black edges, and their legs, feet, and irises are black as well. The rump of these birds is white, and their bill is black with a slight curve. There is limited information available about the sexual dimorphism displayed by adults of this species.
Xavier’s Greenbul (Phyllastrephus xavieri)
Xavier’s Greenbul, also known as Uganda Icterine Bulbul or Greater Icterine Greenbul, is a greenbul species from the bulbul family. These birds are endemic to the central parts of Africa. They primarily inhabit dry and lowland forests.
Xavier’s Greenbuls are mainly olive-green in color, with paler underparts compared to their head and upper body. They have a brownish touch to their wings and tail. Their irises are dark, and they have a grey, pointed bill. Their legs and feet are pale in color.
Xantus’s Hummingbird (Basilinna xantusii)
Xantus’s Hummingbird is a tiny North American hummingbird species that is named after the Hungarian zoologist John Xantus de Vesey. These birds are widespread within their range and can be found in various habitats, including urban and suburban areas.
Adult Xantus’s Hummingbirds have a mainly dark green plumage, with their head and upper parts being darker than the undersides. They have two white eye stripes that provide a stark contrast with their otherwise dark face. Their bill is orangish in color with a black tip, and their underbody is cinnamon brown. Male Xantus’s Hummingbirds have a glossy green throat, while females do not.
Xantus’s Hummingbirds primarily feed on nectar but will occasionally catch flying insects as well.
Xingu Scale-backed Antbird (Willisornis vidua)
Xingu Scale-backed Antbird is an antbird species named after the Xingu River in Brazil. These birds are endemic to South America, particularly Brazil. Initially considered a subspecies of the Common Scale-backed Antbirds, they are now recognized as a separate species.
Xingu Scale-backed Antbirds have a small-to-medium-sized body and are primarily covered in a dark shade of grey. They have black irises, a pointed, grey bill, and pale grey legs and feet. Their wings and tail are black with white streaks. Limited information is available about the sexual dimorphism between males and females.
These antbirds primarily feed on insects like grasshoppers, praying mantises, and the larvae of moths and butterflies.
Xantus’s Murrelet is a diving bird belonging to the auk family. It is named after the Hungarian zoologist John Xantus de Vesey. There are two recognized subspecies of Xantus’s Murrelet, which are now treated as distinct species.