New illustrations from the field guide Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago; Greater Sundas and Wallacea incorporated into HBW Alive—and more!

9 Jan 2017 - 17:48 -- Arnau Bonan

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.

There are now some illustrations of subspecies that we previously didn’t have covered, like the malayorum subspecies of Speckled Piculet (Picumnus innominatus) and the delicus subspecies of Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus).


All adult regular Accipitridae and Falconidae species present in the Indonesian Archipelago have been illustrated flying. Also, for most of the species, there are illustrations of juveniles flying. See, for example, Sulawesi Hawk-eagle (Nisaetus lanceolatus), Lesser Fish-eagle (Icthyophaga humilis) or Black-thighed Falconet (Microhierax fringillarius).


All of the regular Accipiter species now have illustrations of juveniles, like Vinous-breasted Sparrowhawk (Accipiter rhodogaster) and Moluccan Goshawk (Accipiter henicogrammus).


From the Indonesia field guide, adult non-breeding plumages of several shorebirds and seabirds have been included in HBW Alive, like Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii) and Spotted Greenshank (Tringa guttifer), both illustrated resting and flying, Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris) flying, and also Chinese Crested Tern (Thalasseus bernsteini) flying.


Illustrations of several juveniles and immatures have been incorporated; for example, of Bronze-winged Jacana (Metopidius indicus), Christmas Frigatebird (Fregata andrewsi) and Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae).


There is no doubt that Hawk-cuckoos are one of the trickiest species in the region to identify. To help with this, some illustrations of adults have been improved, and all of the juveniles of the species present in Indonesian Archipelago are now illustrated!

With all of these new illustrations uploaded to the HBW Alive, plus 300 new illustrations incorporated last year from our forthcoming guide Birds of New Guinea, including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville, and 50 new and 11 improved illustrations from our Field Guide to the Birds of Machu Picchu and the Cusco Region, Peru, there are now more than 800 new illustrations on HBW Alive!
For some genera, like Calidris or Tringa, now almost all Palearctic species have illustrations of non-breeding plumages, and also some Nearctic species have non-breeding illustrations, like Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) and Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus).

To explore the new illustrations, just go to Species plates, and in the Geographic filter (in the upper right-hand corner) type “Indonesia” and then, in the Family box, type the family in which you are interested (e.g. Accipitridae, Scolopacidae, Charadriidae, Laridae, Cuculidae). This way you can easily see how many new illustrations we have incorporated and enjoy them!

And if you are interested in a particular genus, just type it in the Genus box…

Over the upcoming few months, we will incorporate all of the new illustrations of passerines produced for the forthcoming HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volume 2 (Passerines). At HBW Alive we strive to keep growing and improving!