A revolution in ornithological reference works!
HBW Alive is an online comprehensive resource for all the birds of the world. It contains the contents of the acclaimed 17-volume Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW) series.
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Why Subscribe?

  • Access the most comprehensive online source of ornithological knowledge.
  • Nagivate the contents of the Handbook of the Birds of the World series, continuously updated by a professional team.
  • Customize it to your personal needs.

All for a fraction of the cost of one HBW Volume!


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Some of the features HBW Alive provides are:

  • Detailed information, illustrations, maps and many more materials for all the species and families of birds of the world.
  • Contents constantly updated by professional editors and moderated user participation via “wikicontributions”.
  • Highly customizable format to meet every user’s needs and interests, geographical filtering and inclusion of personal notes.
  • Taxonomy following the forthcoming HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World.
  • Thousands of videos, photographs and sounds conveniently linked for quick and easy access.
  • Google translator integrated in each page to aid comprehension for non-English speakers.