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HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº11, May 2015

Species Plates

 
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!
Red-tailed species
Read more about the Species Plates in this tutorial.
 
Arnau Bonan
Editor, HBW Alive
 
News on Birds
New Taxa
Sichuan Bush Warbler
A new Locustella species has been described in China: the Sichuan Bush Warbler Locustella chengi (Bradypterus in HBW taxonomy). It breeds at mid-elevations in Sichuan, Shaanxi, Hubei, Hunan and Guizhou provinces.

Photo by Per Alström
Ornithological News
Golden-winged Warbler
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.

Brief News

Eurasian Treecreeper
A recent phylogeographic study suggests that the Eurasian Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) expanded twice into Europe.
Photo by Pierandrea Brichetti
 
You may be interested in the discovery of the nesting location of the Critically Endangered Bryan’s Shearwater (Puffinus bryani), the creation of an ecological corridor that will benefit several endangered species, like the Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea), or that the recently discovered São Paulo Marsh Antwren (Formicivora paludicola) is on the brink of extinction.

First Country Reports

Collared Pratincole
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.
Read more   News on Birds   |   Brief News   |   First Country Reports
IBC's Video of the Month
Black Tinamou

Black Tinamou

(Tinamus osgoodi hershkovitzi)


A Black Tinamou (Tinamus osgoodi hershkovitzi) moving on the forest floor.
Recorded in Colombia, on 17 May 2014.
© Pablo Negret
IBC's Photo of the Month
Seychelles Blue-Pigeon

Seychelles Blue-Pigeon

(Alectroenas pulcherrima)


A Seychelles Blue-Pigeon (Alectroenas pulcherrima) feeding on palm fruits.
Taken in Praslin Island, Seychelles, on 8 October 2014.
© Mark Van Beirs
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Palawan Ground-babbler

Palawan Ground-babbler

(Ptilocichla falcata)


Two Palawan Ground-babblers (Ptilocichla falcata) duetting.
Recorded in Buenavista, Palawan, Philippines, on 18 March 2015.
© Keith Blomerley
News on HBW Alive
New Species from the Checklist Updated
White-thighed Hornbill
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.
 
Species with Multimedia Links
Fiery Topaz
Currently more than 220 of the “new species” (resulting from splits) have multimedia links incorporated in their species accounts. See what we mean, for example, in the accounts of Fiery Topaz (Topaza pyra), Mexican Whip-poor-will (Antrostomus arizonae), Black-headed Paradise-kingfisher (Tanysiptera nigriceps) or Visayan Scops-owl (Otus nigrorum).
We have added links to the accounts of the 27 Buteo species, ranging from 5 links for the Forest Buzzard (Buteo trizonatus) to a whopping 28 links for the Eurasian Buzzard (Buteo buteo)!
Here are some highlights of species with recently incorporated links: King of Saxony Bird-of-paradise (Pteridophora alberti), Jankowski's Bunting (Emberiza jankowskii), Philippine Eagle-owl (Bubo philippensis), Grey Gull (Larus modestus) and Streak-throated Swallow (Petrochelidon fluvicola).
HBW Alive Features

Species Plates

 
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.
Species Plates
In this tutorial you can learn more about the Species plates.
 
New Publications
Undiscovered Owls

Undiscovered Owls
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