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HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº12, June 2015

Importing your sightings to My Birding: starting with BirdBase

Supporting members are finally at one step from being able to import their data from BirdBase software to My Birding. All data will be grouped into birdlists with their respective sightings, and species carefully converted to the HBW Alive taxonomy.
Once the data has been imported, users can easily aggregate a group of new birdlists into a trip, so the material is better arranged and it will be easier to look for information and make queries. In the case that a species name doesn't match one in the HBW Alive taxonomy, suggestions will be displayed so that it can be corrected.
If you use BirdBase, why not be one of the first to try this new feature? Just go to the “HBW Alive Features” section below for more details. Later on it will be possible to import data from several other systems, including custom spreadsheets. To help us decide which system we should develop next, take the survey! You will find the link in the same section mentioned above.
With all this, HBW Alive’s My Birding becomes the only recording system to combine all these great advantages: automatic updating of the taxonomy: access to illustrations and distribution maps for all the world’s species, and close linking with all the knowledge and materials available in HBW Alive. All this content will be at your fingertips when entering your records and, equally, you will be able to access to your own personal records when browsing HBW Alive accounts.

Julien Reulos
Web Developer, HBW Alive
News on Birds
Ornithological News
Great Knot
A recent study concluded that the Yalu Jiang coastal wetland in the northern Yellow Sea appears at present to be the most important staging site for the Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris). Yalu Jiang wetland is also extremely important for the Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica).
Red-crowned Ant-tanager
Other highlighted news:
  • First phylogenetic analysis for the Hesperornithiformes, an extinct lineage from the Cretaceous Period.
  • A recent phylogeographic analysis of the Red-crowned Ant-tanager  (Habia rubica) suggests that at least three different species should be considered: Habia rubica in the Atlantic Forest area, H. rubra in the rest of South America and H. rubicoides in Mexico and Central America.
  • An important Bird Area discovered in Ethiopia included six species of global conservation concern, 25 Afrotropical highlands biome-restricted species and two Ethiopian endemics.

First Country Reports

Golden Nightjar
One Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius), first observed and later found dead on 3rd May 2015 on the road between Dakhla and Aousserd, is the first record for Western Sahara and the Western Palearctic.
Report photo by Jerzy Dyczkowsk
Other interesting First Country Reports include European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) in Saint Lucia, which is the first for the New World, Waved Albatross (Phoebastria irrorata) in Costa Rica, which is the first north of South America, and Spotted Crake (Porzana porzana) in Guadeloupe, in the Lesser Antilles, which is only the second for the New World.
Read more   News on Birds   |   First Country Reports
IBC's Video of the Month
Rarotonga Fruit-Dove

Rarotonga Fruit-Dove

(Ptilinopus rarotongensis)

A Rarotonga Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus rarotongensis) picking and eating dates in a palm tree.
Recorded in Atiu (Enuamanu), Cook Islands, on 30 April 2014.
© Philip Griffin
IBC's Photo of the Month
King Eider

King Eider

(Somateria spectabilis)

A King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) eating a herring.
Taken in Båtsfjord, Finnmark County, Norway, on 31 March 2015.
© Marco Valentini
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Ortolan Bunting

Ortolan Bunting

(Emberiza hortulana)

An Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana) singing.
Recorded in Brandenburg, Germany.
© Joe Klaiber
News on HBW Alive
New Species from the Checklist Updated
White-tailed Trogon
Over the last month we finished the updating process for all of the “new species” (resulting from splits) from the family Strigidae (Typical Owls) and Trogonidae (Trogons). This June we will continue this process on Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves).

View the list of the most recently updated new species from the Checklist.
Species with Multimedia Links
Arabian Scops-owl
Currently more than 240 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 Sclater's Crowned-pigeon (Goura sclaterii), White-tailed Hillstar (Urochroa leucura), Arabian Scops-owl (Otus pamelae) or Damara Hornbill (Tockus damarensis).
We have added links to the accounts of the 7 Bullfinches species (Pyrrhula spp.). Explore them!
Here are some highlights of species with recently incorporated links: Micronesian Scrubfowl (Megapodius laperouse), Fearful Owl (Nesasio solomonensis), Red-and-white Antpitta (Grallaria erythroleuca), Grey-capped Warbler (Eminia lepida) and Desert Warbler (Sylvia nana).
HBW Alive Features

Brief News

With the emergence of Birds Alive, whose first issue appeared in December 2014, the HBW Alive Newsletter increased its extension and its contents, including a section called “Brief News” with short pieces of ornithological news.

Last April, a shorter version of Birds Alive was launched with the goal of making the newsletter more practical and attractive. One of its consequences was merging Brief News with Ornithological News, so now you will find all of the Ornithological News in HBW Alive in one place, as well as the First Country Reports maintained separately.

Import Data to My Birding  . NEW!  


Import data from BirdBase software to My Birding

Supporting members will soon be able to import their data from BirdBase software to My Birding. If you are a BirdBase user and would like to be among the first to try the import function before it goes public, please click on this button to get special access.
Import from BirdBase

Import data from other sources to My Birding

If you would like to import your data from other sources (website, software, Excel, etc.) to My Birding, please click on this button to tell us which.
Import from other sources
Get the Most Out of My Birding

First Sightings

First Sightings are important to most birdwatchers, and that’s why this is one of the topics with the most queries from HBW Alive subscribers and an area where we are always trying to make improvements.

Previously, First Sightings were automatically calculated by the system when the sightings were introduced in your Birdlists, based on the date of each sighting. This method had the drawback that there wasn’t any option to control individual sightings to be considered in the calculation. For example, if you didn’t want the species in question to be counted as the First Sighting, you had to trick the system by marking the sighting as “captive”, which would disqualify it as a First Sighting (see the Newsletter from March 2015). 

Now we have improved the First Sighting calculation method! When you introduce a First Sighting in a Birdlist, you can click on the species name and a new box will open where you can specify different aspects of the sighting (number of birds seen, notes, captive, etc). To the right of “First Sighting” there is a drop-down list with three options:
  • Auto: the system calculates if it is the First Sighting from the date of the Birdlist.
  • Force as First Sighting: you force the system to consider the sighting as the First Sighting, without considering the date of the sighting.
  • Exclude: you force the system to exclude the sighting as the First Sighting, without considering the date of the sighting. This is useful for exotic birds, birds seen at ringing stations, birds seen by someone else, etc.
We hope that you find such improvements useful. As always, your feedback is welcome.
New Publications
Atlas Deutscher Brutvogelarten. Atlas of German Breeding Birds.

Atlas Deutscher Brutvogelarten
Atlas of German Breeding Birds

By Kai Gedeon et al.

The new Atlas Deutscher Brutvogelarten is the outcome of the first systematic and uniform approach to the recording of Germany’s breeding birds, since the previous atlas, published in 1993, was merely a compilation from various sources. Fieldwork in 2005–2009 was carried out by 4,000 volunteers from 16 federal states. Up to 280 breeding species, including 25 aliens, were found in Germany during this period. Some parts of the East German lowlands held up to 155 breeding bird species per square. /.../ Read more
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