About us

HBW Alive has been created by Lynx Edicions, a publishing house founded in Barcelona, Spain, in 1989, and committed to providing high quality ornithology and natural history books. Foremost among these is the Handbook of the Birds of the World, a 17-volume encyclopaedia that describes and illustrates for the first time every species of bird in the world, and serves as the foundation for HBW Alive. All volumes of the Handbook of the Birds of the World are available in print.

Much of Lynx Edicions’ work is carried out in conjunction with some of the most prestigious international scientific organizations dedicated to zoological investigation. Such alliances have resulted in titles co-edited with BirdLife International, the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian Institution, Conservation International, IUCN, and others.

HBW Alive also incorporates the contents of the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, including important taxonomic changes and global innovations. Volume 1: Non-passerines was published in August 2014 and incorporated into HBW Alive and Volume 2: Passerines is due in 2016 and will be incorporated thereafter.

Another project that Lynx Edicions currently has in hand is the Handbook of the Mammals of the World, which complements the Handbook of the Birds of the World by offering, again for the first time, detailed, illustrated descriptions of every extant mammalian species on Earth.

Last but not least, since 2002 Lynx Edicions has administered the Internet Bird Collection (IBC), an ambitious digital resource which consists of a vast, free-access online library of videos, photographs and sound recordings which will eventually include material for all the bird species in the world. With more new material added every day, the IBC has become one of the most visited sites of its kind on the internet. The relevant content of HBW Alive is linked to the material posted on the IBC.

For more information, please visit www.lynxeds.com.