Anna Motis (Barcelona, 1957) has had a lifelong interest in birds and nature that has led to her participation in numerous projects, including breeding bird atlases, waterfowl censuses, bird ringing schemes and conservation plans for nature reserves. She was an ornithological researcher at the University of Barcelona for many years, and she received a PhD in Biology in 1994 for her thesis examining competition between the Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris ) and the Spotless Starling (S. unicolor) in their area of sympatry in northeastern Spain. As a committed conservationist, she has actively participated with different Spanish and Catalan associations for the conservation of nature, and has long collaborated closely with Lynx Edicions on a diversity of editorial projects. She is now working in the updating of country checklists and distribution ranges of bird species and subspecies, both for HBW Alive and the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World.
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