New illustrations from the Machu Picchu field guide incorporated in HBW Alive

3 Dec 2015 - 10:06 -- Arnau Bonan

HBW Alive includes all of the bird illustrations from the acclaimed HBW series, covering all of the bird species in the world, including males and females in cases of sexual dimorphism and many morphs and distinctive subspecies. But, we are always looking for ways to give our HBW Alive users MORE... So, as we prepare new illustrations for various Lynx publications, we plan to incorporate them in HBW Alive. Recently, we uploaded 50 brand new illustrations from our newly released “Field Guide to the Birds of Machu Picchu and the Cusco Region, Peru”, as well as 11 illustrations with small improvements.

Some new illustrations are of flying raptors, like those of male and female Cinereous Harrier (Circus cinereus), the dark and pale morphs of Variable Hawk (Geranoaetus polyosoma) and the adult and juvenile australis subspecies of Black-chested Buzzard-eagle (Geranoaetus melanoleucus).

There are also illustrations of juvenile plumages, including those of White-tufted Grebe (Rollandia rolland), Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) and the ruficollis subspecies of Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura).

Furthermore, adult non-breeding plumages of several shorebirds and seabirds have been uploaded, like of Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes), Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) and Franklin's Gull (Larus pipixcan).

There are new illustrations of subspecies that we didn’t include in HBW (mostly due to the space restrictions of the printed book!), like the male and female rectirostris subspecies of Mountain Velvetbreast (Lafresnaya lafresnayi) and the apicalis female of Green Hermit (Phaethornis guy). There are also full illustrations of taxa for which we did not have the complete bird (e.g. bust only) in HBW, like the male vulcani subspecies of Blue-mantled Thornbill (Chalcostigma stanleyi).

With these 61 new illustrations we take another step towards one of HBW Alive’s main goals: to become not only the greatest resource of ornithological information available on the web—thanks to all the continually updated texts of the Species accounts—but also a useful source of bird 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.