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HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº13, July 2015

Importing your sightings to My Birding with BirdBase: a success!

The sightings importing tool from BirdBase to My Birding has been welcomed by the first users and is proving to be a success.
During the import process, the system manages automatically the differences between the BirdBase taxonomy (based on The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World 6th edition) and that of the HBW-BirdLife Checklist. If no equivalency is found, the user is asked to correct the unrecognized species manually. The system learns from each of these corrections so that, as of today, there are practically no remaining unrecognized species from each new import process.
Users who are not using BirdBase and took our survey are mostly asking for Excel sheet, Wildlife Recorder, eBird, and import compatibility for several other systems.
Over the summer, efforts will be made on minor bug corrections and improvements for My Birding, such as:
  • Subspecies field and filtering improvements for the "Sightings: display data" page
  • Navigation between pages
  • Statistics details level and computation
  • Possibility of changing the sighted species of each sighting
  • New territories exposed to filters
Also, we'll start looking at an Excel spreadsheet import tool for My Birding.
Julien Reulos
Web Developer, HBW Alive
News on Birds
Ornithological News
Common Redshank
A recent study based on surveys of breeding bird abundance throughout lowland Iceland has shown that the abundance of waders was strongly related to variation in the rate of volcanic dust deposition.
Ross's Gull
Other highlighted news:
  • Breeding females Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) carry out the vast majority of sanitation tasks in a population where most breeding territories are held by cooperative groups.
  • Slender-billed Prions (Pachyptila belcheri) from the Atlantic and the Indian oceans overlap in their wintering areas according to a new study.
  • Three geolocator-tagged Ross’s Gulls (Rhodostethia rosea) breeding in the Canadian High Arctic have been found wintering in a restricted area of the Labrador Sea.

First Country Reports

Chestnut-rumped Wheatear
Chestnut-rumped Wheatear (Oenanthe xanthoprymna), one photographed on 18-19th May at the top of the Puy de Dôme, Auvergne, is the first record for France and continental Europe.
Report photo by Antoine Joris.
Other interesting First Country Reports include Sykes’s Warbler (Hippolais rama) in Turkey, Plain-leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus neglectus) in Kuwait, Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) in Chile, which is the sixth record for continental South America, Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) in Tristan da Cunha Archipelago, and Screaming Cowbird (Molothrus rufoaxillaris) in Chile.
Read more   News on Birds   |   First Country Reports
IBC's Video of the Month


(Macrocephalon maleo)

A Maleo (Macrocephalon maleo) excavating its burrow.
Recorded in Nesting Ground Muara Pusian, Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park, on 24 January 2015.
© Alfons Patandung
IBC's Photo of the Month
Rusty Tinamou

Rusty Tinamou

(Crypturellus brevirostris)

A Rusty Tinamou (Crypturellus brevirostris) foraging. First ever photos taken of this elusive bird. Thanks to Vincent Rufray.
Taken in Dorlin, Maripasoula, French Guiana, on 19 May 2013.
© Vincent Rufray
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Red-fronted Rosefinch

Red-fronted Rosefinch

(Pyrrhospiza punicea)

A male Red-fronted Rosefinch (Pyrrhospiza punicea) calling.
Recorded in Balang Shan, Wolong National Nature Reserve, Wenchuan County, Sichuan, China (Northern), on 5 June 2015.
© Keith and Lynn Youngs
News on HBW Alive
New Species from the Checklist Updated
Grey-fronted Green-pigeon
Over the last month we finished the updating process for all of the “new species” (resulting from splits) from the families Burhinidae (Thick-knees), Rostratulidae (Painted-snipes), Glareolidae (Coursers, Pratincoles), and Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves). This July we will continue this process on Charadriidae (Plovers), Scolopacidae (Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes) and Turnicidae (Buttonquails).
View the list of the most recently updated new species from the Checklist.
Species with Multimedia Links
Northern Silvery Kingfisher
Currently more than 260 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 Western Wedge-billed Hummingbird (Schistes albogularis), White-thighed Hornbill (Bycanistes albotibialis), Northern Silvery Kingfisher (Ceyx flumenicola) or Crimson-breasted Woodpecker (Dryobates pernyii).
We have added links to the accounts of the 8 Sturnella species. Explore them!
Sturnella species
Here are some highlights of species with recently incorporated links: White-spotted Flufftail (Sarothrura pulchra), Tawny Fish-owl (Ketupa flavipes), Undulated Antpitta (Grallaria squamigera), Long-billed Thrush (Zoothera monticola) and Turquoise Jay (Cyanolyca turcosa).
HBW Alive Features

Regions in Geographic Filter and Geographic Tree

The Geographic Filter (see top left-hand corner of the page) is one of HBW Alive’s most powerful tools, as it allows you to filter all of the information on the site to just the species present in one or more countries that you select. However, you could only select up to 10 territories, and so it was not useful for Zoogeographical Regions. To solve this we have created “regions” that group territories together and by selecting one of the existing Regions you will be selecting all the bird species present in all the territories included in it.

So if you are only interested in the species present in Western Palearctic, just type “R Western Palearctic” in the Geographic Filter box and click the Set button. Now HBW Alive will only display the bird families and species of this Zoogeographical Region.
To explore all the regions available and the territories that each one includes just click on “Other regions” in the Geographic Tree (see left-hand vertical bar) and all the regions will be listed. You can open any of the regions to see all the territories included there. 
Some Regions include all the territories of a particular Ocean, for example “R Pacific Ocean”.
Or the territories present in a part of a continent, like “R Western Africa”.
To read more about the Geographic Filter, check out these tutorials:
New Publications
Field Guide to the Birds of Machu Picchuand the Cusco Region, Peru

Field Guide to the Birds of Machu Picchu
and the Cusco Region, Peru
Includes a Bird Finding Guide to the Area

By Barry Walker

This updated and completely rewritten version of Barry Walker’s field guide is light and pocket-sized, but fully covers the habitat, behaviour, localizations and occurrence of the region’s almost 500 species, even including a detailed guide to the best birding sites and an annotated checklist.

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The House of Owls

The House of Owls
By Tony Angell

Angell discusses the unique characteristics that distinguish owls from other bird species and provides a fascinating overview of the impact owls have had on human culture and thought. He also offers detailed scientific descriptions of the nineteen species of owls found in North America, as well as their close relatives elsewhere. Always emphasizing the interaction of humans and owls, the author affirms by his own example the power of these birds both to beguile and to inspire.
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