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HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº10, April 2015
Last December we launched the sixth issue of the HBW Alive newsletter, revamped and renamed as Birds Alive. The newsletter was reborn with two objectives: to explain to members the progress and new functionalities of the site and, most importantly, to be a source for all of the important news in the world of birds.

After four Birds Alive issues and studying Google Analytics and feedback from HBW Alive users, we think that a shorter version of newsletter will be more practical and attractive. The new version will maintain the same sections, all of them full of information and with links to the HBW Alive pages. To make the newsletter easier to read, we have grouped the “Brief News” and “First Country Reports” sections within the “Ornithological News” and we have reduced the number of sections on HBW Alive, while keeping the same contents and with links to pages with more information.

You will receive Birds Alive the first week of every month. Apologies for the delay this month due to the restructuring of the format.

We hope that you enjoy this new format. Please remember that your feedback is always welcome.

Arnau Bonan
Editor, HBW Alive
News on Birds
New Taxa
Perijá Tapaculo
A new Rhinocryptidae species found in humid montane and elfin forests in the Serranía de Perijá of Colombia and Venezuela has been described: the Scytalopus perijanus (Perijá Tapaculo).

Photo by Andrés M. Cuervo
Two subspecies new to science: the Fringilla coelebs harterti, restricted to northern Cyrenaica (NE Lybia) in North Africa, and the Basileuterus tristriatus sanlucasensis, restricted to northern Colombia.
Ornithological News
Blue-bearded Helmetcrest
The Blue-bearded Helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus) is a Critically Endangered hummingbird endemic to the Santa Marta Mountains in N Colombia that had not been seen since 1946. This past March three individuals were observed in a remote area of those mountains...
Other highlighted news:

Brief News

Rufous-throated White-eye
A recent DNA analysis suggests that the Rufous-throated White-eye (Madanga ruficollis), traditionally included within the family Zosteropidae, is in fact a member of the Motacillidae.
Photo by Rob Hutchinson / Birdtour Asia

You may be interested in the discovery of Blue Petrels (Halobaena caeruleabreeding on Gough Island, Omani Owl (Strix omanensis) being found in the United Arab Emirates or that Bachman's Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalisneeds large pine forest patches to survive.

First Country Reports

Subtropical Pygmy-owl
One Subtropical Pygmy-owl (Glaucidium parkeri) on 18th January 2014 at Putumayo is the first confirmed record for Colombia.
Report photo by Judit Jaramillo, Brayan Coral, Alvaro Cárdenas and William Daza.

Three new species for Cambodia: Chinese Egret (Egretta eulophotes), Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea) and Lesser Crested Tern (Thalasseus bengalensis).
Read more   News on Birds   |   Brief News   |   First Country Reports
IBC's Video of the Month
Cebu Hawk-owl

Cebu Hawk-owl

(Ninox rumseyi)

An adult Cebu Hawk-owl (Ninox rumseyi) moves to partner and then the pair start duetting. Recorded in Tabunan, Cebu, Philippines, on 7 March 2015.
© Martin Kennewell
IBC's Photo of the Month
Puerto Rican Tody

Puerto Rican Tody

(Todus mexicanus)

An adult male Puerto Rican Tody (Todus mexicanus) perched on a bamboo.
Taken in El Yunque, Río Grande, Puerto Rico, on 17 February 2015.
© Dubi Shapiro
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Greater Painted-snipe

Greater Painted-snipe

(Rostratula benghalensis)

Calls given by displaying female Greater Painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis). Recorded in Leyte, Philippines, on 24 March 2015.
© Stijn De Win / Birding2Asia
News on HBW Alive
New Species from the Checklist Updated
Chestnut-vented Coua
During the last month we finished the updating process for all of the “new species” (resulting from splits) from the families Cuculidae (Cuckoos), Musophagidae (Turacos), Aegothelidae (Owlet-nightjars), Apodidae (Swifts) and Alcedinidae (Kingfishers).

This April we will start working on the updating process for the “new species” (resulting from splits) from the families Trogonidae (Trogons) and Bucerotidae (Hornbills) and we will continue on Strigidae (Typical Owls).
View the list of the most recently updated new species from the Checklist.
Species with Multimedia Links
Pampas Flicker
Right now, more than 220 of the new species (resulting from splits) have links. Explore them, like the Pampas Flicker (Colaptes campestroides), the Variable Goshawk (Accipiter hiogaster), the Black-faced Go-away-bird (Corythaixoides leopoldi) or the Red-necked Falcon (Falco ruficollis).
And we continue adding multimedia links to species, like the 6 Quetzal species.
Quetzal species
Some selected species that recently have had links incorporated: the Andaman Boobook (Ninox affinis), the Rusty-fronted Barwing (Actinodura egertoni), the Andaman Crake (Rallina canningi) and the White-browed Wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis).
HBW Alive Features
Marquesas Ground-dove

HBW Alive Ornithological Notes   . NEW!  

As explained in our previous Newsletter, the HBW Alive Ornithological Notes are an important feature whose main goal is to provide an easy way for users to create notes about their relevant bird observations to help improve ornithological knowledge. The Marquesas Ground-dove feeding on ants and the Record count of Common Cranes at Der–Chantecoq lake, France are two examples of recent Ornithological Notes.
Read more about how the Ornithological Notes are useful for improving the species accounts.

“Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology” by James A. Jobling

For whoever has stopped to wonder “What does this scientific name mean?”, we have the answer. James A. Jobling, author of the well-known and acclaimed Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names (1991) and Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names (2010) is generously participating in HBW Alive and has incorporated an enormous amount of information related to the etymology of Latin bird names.
Learn more about this interesting tool so that you can take full advantage of it.
Get the Most Out of My Birding

Importing your sightings to My Birding

In a few weeks, users of BirdBase software will be able to import their sightings to My Birding. All data will be converted into birdlists with their respective sightings. At the end of the process, the user can easily aggregate a group of new birdlists into a trip. In the case that a species name doesn't match one in the HBW Alive taxonomy, suggestions will be displayed when the sighting is edited so that it can be corrected. Later on, importation from several other systems will be possible, including from custom spreadsheets.
With all this, HBW Alive’s My Birding will become the only recording system with a number of great advantages: automatic updating of the taxonomy, illustrations and distribution maps for all the world’s species and close linking with all the knowledge and materials available in HBW Alive. This means that users will have all this content at their fingertips when entering their own records and, reciprocally, they will have immediate access to their personal records when reading HBW Alive accounts.
New Publications
Collins Field Guide to the Birds of India

Collins Field Guide to the Birds of India

Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
By Norman Arlott

Field guide with beautiful artwork depicting breeding and non-breeding plumage when it differs significantly. The text concentrates on the specific characteristics and appearance of each species and allows identification in the field, including voice and distribution maps.
25.00€    .BUY NOW 
Wild Rwanda

Wild Rwanda
Where to watch birds, primates, and other wildlife
By Ken Behrens, Christian Boix and Keith Barnes

A far cry from the dull, text-heavy site guides of the past, this book is copiously illustrated with over 160 spectacular photos that show the region’s beautiful landscapes, mammals, and birds. There are detailed maps, full chapters on biogeography and trip planning, a specialties section covering the region’s best mammals and birds, and indexed species lists.
35.70€    .BUY NOW 


Offer available from until May 15th (excluding titles on special offer).
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