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HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº 1, December  2013


Dear members, supporters and friends,

The HBW Alive team is delighted to present the first installment of our Newsletter, the principal form of communication we have with our subscribers. The main goal of the Newsletter is to help you enjoy and take full advantage of this broad and diverse project, especially as we know it is easy to overlook some of the novelties on the site as there are a lot of exciting things going on.

Since the start of the project, we have focused the greatest amount of resources and effort into updating the contents inherited from HBW, and we have made great progress. At launch we announced that about 1200 species had been updated at different levels. Since then, we have thoroughly updated the accounts of another 250 species and close to 400 additional species have benefited from the incorporation of new information from the literature in different sections of their accounts. Below you will find a link to the list of species updated over the last months and some examples of the surprising differences between the originally published texts and the updated versions. Another useful thing about HBW Alive, which you can see below, is that you can use the site to keep yourself up-to-date on news in ornithology and birdwatching and on all of the descriptions of species and subspecies published new to science.

In the Newsletter we also want to inform you about new functionalities being incorporated into the site. In this first number, we are excited to announce the launch of a new tool that we think could be very useful for subscribers: My Birding. My Birding is an easy and safe recording system for your bird sightings, which you can organize by...

News from HBW Alive

  • Supporting Members can now use the new bird sightings recording system My Birding to create Birdlists, grouping them into Trips if they want, and with the possibility of adding comments to each sighting. Users are provided with a text field and map and may also mark other details like whether the species was heard only, photographed, etc. In the future it will be possible to import already existing records from other programmes.
  • The earlier volumes of the Handbook of the Birds of the World did not include a Voice section in the Species Accounts. In a new and important development, this is now being created in HBW Alive for every species and will include links to voice recordings, whenever these are available.
  • Some 4,000 species are already linked to multimedia resources, the sounds and images enriching and expanding the descriptions and information contained in the Species Accounts, and this number is rapidly growing. Many of the links incorporated into HBW Alive are to Lynx Edicions' ever-expanding Internet Bird Collection (IBC), which now contains upwards of 100,000 photos and 80,000 videos.
Recent News on Birds

Northern Bald Ibis, best recent season.

December 4, 2013
Northern Bald IbisUp to 113 pairs bred during 2013 at their last significant world colony at Souss Massa–Tamri, S Morocco, fledging 148 young.

Night Parrot, first ever photograph of a live bird.

October 5, 2013
Night ParrotNews circulating on the internet since last July have finally been confirmed with the publication in the September issue of Australian Birdlife, pp. 26–28, of a stunning photograph of a live Night Parrot.

Yellow Bittern, new breeding species for the Western Palearctic.

October 18, 2013
Yellow BitternTwo males captured in 2012 in mangroves at Hamata, on the Egyptian coasts of the Red Sea, have led to the finding there of at least three nests during 2013.
Recently Updated Species
Updating the contents of HBW Alive is an ongoing effort. Click here to see all of the species that have been updated recently.
Also, we encourage you to compare the text revisions of the following species.
Just go to the "Update History" menu on the right-hand side of the page and click on "basic mode".
White-cheeked Pintail

White-cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis)

European Shag
European Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
New Publications from Lynx

Peregrine Falcons of the World

By C. M. White, T. J. Cade and J. H. Enderson

Peregrine Falcons of the World
Peregrine Falcons of the World provides a balanced perspective of the natural history, diversity and evolutionary paths of the Peregrine Falcon.
HBW World Bird Photo Contest
HBW World Bird Photo ContestHBW World Bird Photo Contest Second Edition, with valuable prizes for winners, is up and running!

Participate Now -  the competition closes on March 24, 2014.
IBC's Photo of the Month
Visayan Wattled Broadbill
Visayan Wattled Broadbill (Sarcophanops samarensis)
An adult male perched in a tree. Samar Island Natural Park, Samar, Philippines. © Rob Hutchinson, 6 April 2013.
New Taxa

Omani Owl (Strix omanensis)

Omani OwlVocal and morphological differences suggest that Strix owls inhabiting northern Oman are an undescribed species, most probably closely related to Hume's Owl (Strix butleri), which is present in the rest of the Arabian Peninsula./.../ This is the first non-cryptic species discovered in the Western Palearctic and Arabia for some 40 years.

Sierra-Madre Ground Warbler (Robsonius thompsoni)

Sierra-Madre Ground WarblerTwo Robsonius species are currently recognized on the basis of plumage differences: R. rabori from northern Luzon in the Cordillera Central and the northern Sierra Madre, and R. sorsogonensis from southern Luzon and Catanduanes Island. Recent specimen collections, including the first adult specimen from the Cordillera Central, establish plumage differences between populations of R. rabori in the Cordillera Central and Sierra Madre and reveal a third diagnosable population within Luzon.
Tutorial: How to use the plates
Get the most out of the plates!
This short video - just 4 minutes - will help you to take advantage of all the different ways to visualize the plates.
Be sure to watch the other tutorials too!
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IBC's Video of the Month
Red-billed Oxpecker
Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus)
Working an impala´s legs. Kruger National Park, South Africa. © Juan Sanabria, 1 Aug. 2013.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Barlett's Tinamou
Bartlett's Tinamou (Crypturellus bartletti)
ACTS Lodge, Loreto Department, Peru. © Peter Boesman, 24 July 2010.
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