HBW Alive provides many great tools, some of which allow you dive deeper into the information coming from the HBW series and the updates incorporated in recent years in HBW Alive. One such tool is the Species Comparison functionality, which allows you to easily compare two or more species accounts.
Here’s how it works…
First, go to the accounts of two or more species that interest you and, in each, click on the “compare” icon below the scientific name.
Paraphrasing Errol Fuller’s Foreword on Extinct Birds in HBW Volume 7, “The subject of recent extinctions is one that seems, increasingly, to be a part of popular culture.” Knowing that ornithologists and bird enthusiasts have a great interest in extinct birds, we have included 157 species accounts of extinct bird species in HBW Alive!
In the species accounts, there is a new box called “SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION”, which shows the taxonomic tree of each species—from Class to Genus—and includes any relevant texts from the HBW and Birdlife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volumes 1 (Non-passerines) and 2 (Passerines), for each rank, when they exist. These texts explain the taxonomic changes at that level with respect to the HBW series and are essential to understanding the HBW/BirdLife Checklist taxonomic resolutions.
The new Search tool allows you to search by English common name and scientific name. Once you type in the English or scientific name of the species, genus or family that you are looking for, you get a drop-down list of matches from which to choose.
To make things even easier (and to avoid problems with typos!), for scientific names, you can search by typing just the first three letters of the genus and the first three letters of the specific name. For English common names, you can try typing just the first three letters of the name.
We want HBW Alive to be a useful source of illustrations for all of the bird species of the world. With this goal, over the last month we’ve uploaded around 350 new illustrations of non-passerines, as well as almost 100 illustrations with improvements of non-passerines from our newly released Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago; Greater Sundas and Wallacea.