The Species Plates form one of HBW Alive’s most powerful tools, allowing you to explore the colour plates of all the bird species of the HBW series, meaning all of the birds of the world! With just a few clicks, you can filter the plates to be seen by Order, Family, Genus and Common Name. You can change the size of the figures, decide if you want to see them scaled and if you just want to see one figure per species or all the existing figures for each.
These options allow you to design your own plates with infinite possibilities. For example, you can see all the species figures for your favourite family or use the scaled option to compare the size of the species of a particular genus that interests you.
With the “Geographic filter” tool you can go a step further and choose to see the species only present in a particular country or combination of countries, which is an interesting possibility when preparing a trip. Imagine, with a few clicks, you can see the figures of all the woodpecker species present in Japan.
You can also search for the bird species of a particular genus or for curiosities like all the bird species that have “red-tailed” in their common name!
Read more about the Species Plates in this tutorial.
A new Locustella species has been described in China: the Sichuan Bush WarblerLocustella chengi (Bradypterus in HBW taxonomy). It breeds at mid-elevations in Sichuan, Shaanxi, Hubei, Hunan and Guizhou provinces.
The Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) is a New World warbler that breeds in eastern North America and winters in Central America and northern South America. Five males carrying light-level geolocators abandoned their breeding territories 24 hours ahead of the passage of a severe tornadic storm system. It is suggested that the birds were able to detect storm-generated infrasound, which provided an early warning. Photo by Laura Erickson
Other highlighted news:
The Critically Endangered Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi) population is improving.
Juvenile Eurasian Wigeons (Mareca penelope) quickly learn to avoid hunters.
One Collared Pratincole (Glareola pratincola) on 21st April 2015 at Caucaia, Ceará State, is the first record for Brazil and also for mainland South America. Report photo by Ciro Albano
Other interesting First County Reports from the Middle East include Dwarf Bittern (Ixobrychus sturmii) in Oman, Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus) in Turkey and Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) in Jordan.
Over the last month we finished the updating process for all of the “new species” (resulting from splits) from the family Bucerotidae (Hornbills) and we started on Caprimulgidae (Nightjars). We will soon begin this process for Trogonidae (Trogons) and Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves) and continue with Strigidae (Typical Owls).
View the list of the most recently updated new species from the Checklist.
As explained in the Editorial, the Species Plates form one of HBW Alive’s most powerful tools. With just a few clicks you can personalize your own plates of bird illustrations, filtering by Order, Family, Genus or Common name. You can customize the figures by size, scale and much more, allowing you to create an infinite number of personalized plates.
In this tutorial you can learn more about the Species plates.
Undiscovered Owls By Magnus Robb and The Sound Approach
Explore the twilight world of owls that you can hear in your garden, the park or woods with this lyrical investigation into their sounds.
Listen to previously unpublished digital stereo recordings of the owls of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, illustrated with annotated sonagrams. Enjoy paintings and photographs, often of the individuals recorded. Learn how to research into evolution, behaviour and sounds invite us to recognise a dozen new owl species. Learn to listen like an owl and maybe you could find the next one.