New illustrations from the field guide Birds of New Guinea incorporated into HBW Alive

28 Dec 2015 - 19:37 -- Arnau Bonan

As we announced in the 18th Newsletter, one of HBW Alive’s main goals is to become a useful source of illustrations of all the bird species of the world, with male and female plumages, and also plumages of adult non-breeding, juvenile and flying birds. In November 2015 we uploaded 50 new illustrations from our newly released field guide to the Birds of Machu Picchu and the Cusco Region, Peru, and during December 2015 we incorporated more than 300 new illustrations from our forthcoming guide Birds of New Guinea, including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville.

There are some news paintings of subspecies that we did not have illustrated, like the saturatior subspecies of Brown Quail (Synoicus ypsilophorus) and the eichhorni subspecies of West Solomons Boobook (Ninox jacquinoti).

All the regular raptors present in the area covered by the field guide have been illustrated flying. Examples include Gurney's Eagle (Aquila gurneyi), Imitator Goshawk (Accipiter imitator), Sanford's Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus sanfordi) and Brown Falcon (Falco berigora).

Adult non-breeding plumages of several shorebirds and seabirds have been included, like of Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) resting and flying, Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus), Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) resting and flying and Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus).

As you know, in the HBW series, juveniles were not illustrated. Now we have started to incorporate new juvenile illustrations, including of Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel), New Britain Sparrowhawk (Accipiter brachyurus), Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea) and Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis).

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

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


Our artists are working on more than 300 new illustrations for our forthcoming guide Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago. As soon as they have finished their work, we will incorporate them into HBW Alive.