HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº19, January 2016

My Birding is improving quickly!


Now you can set up your preferences for My Birding and specify if you want “Heard only” species and/or “Introduced" species counted in your World Birdlist and other lists or not.
 
We have created the territory “World”, so now you can create your World Birdlist.

New improvements in the birdlist introduction system include the option to see a figure of each species in the birdlist, a complete list of the world’s bird families and much more.
 
Arnau Bonan
Editor, HBW Alive
 
News on HBW Alive
Species with Multimedia Links
Grey Nightjar
Currently more than 340 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  Purple Quail-dove (Geotrygon purpurata), Nilgiri Imperial-pigeon (Ducula cuprea), Grey Nightjar (Caprimulgus jotaka) or Coppery-tailed Trogon (Trogon ambiguus).
We have added links to the accounts of the 11 Capito species. Explore them!
Capito species
Helmeted Manakin

Here are some highlights of species with recently incorporated links: Cliff Parakeet (Myiopsitta luchsi), Helmeted Manakin (Antilophia galeata), Sulphur-billed Nuthatch (Sitta oenochlamys) and Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae).
 
HBW Alive Features

New illustrations from the field guide Birds of New Guinea, including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville incorporated into HBW Alive

As we announced in the last newsletter, one of HBW Alive’s main goals is to become a useful source of illustrations of all the bird species of the world, with male and female plumages, and also plumages of adult non-breeding, juvenile and flying birds. Last December we incorporated more than 300 new illustrations from our forthcoming guide Birds of New Guinea, including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville.
Lesser Frigatebird
There are new illustrations of subspecies that we did not have in the HBW series, like the saturatior subspecies of Brown Quail (Synoicus ypsilophorus), as well as of raptors flying like Imitator Goshawk (Accipiter imitator) and Sanford's Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus sanfordi). Other novelties include adult non-breeding plumages of several shorebirds and seabirds, like Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) and Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus), and new juvenile illustrations of several species, like Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) and Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea).
To see all the illustrations, go to Species plates, and in the Geographic filter (upper right-hand corner) type “New Guinea”, “Bismarck Archipelago” and “North Solomons” and then, in the Family box, type the family in which you are interested (e.g. Accipitridae, Scolopacidae, Charadriidae, Laridae). This way you can see all the new illustrations of raptors flying, adult non-breeding plumages and juvenile illustrations we have incorporated – enjoy them!
Our artists are working on more than 300 new illustrations for our forthcoming guide Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago. As soon as they have finished their work, we will incorporate the new material into HBW Alive as well.
Get the Most Out of My Birding
My Birding is advancing every day; here you have the latest improvements:
 

My Birding preferences


Control how the “Heard only” and “Introduced” species sightings are treated in My Birding. Here we explain how.

World and National Birdlists


Decide how to jumpstart your use of My Birding!
In this tutorial we explain how to create World and National Birdlists.

New improvements in the birdlist introduction system


We improved the species list display to make it easier to add species to a birdlist.
Now you can include a figure of each species, get a list of the world’s bird families, see the species of a family not present in the selected territory and much more.
Here you will find detailed information on these improvements.
News on Birds
Ornithological News
Eurasian Bullfinch
The bird plates in the Handbook of the Birds of the World, and therefore in HBW Alive, have been put to an unexpected scientific use: to explore patterns of sexual dichromatism in passerine species. The results of the study show that conspecific male and female colour elaboration is indeed strongly correlated, suggesting that evolutionary changes in one sex are constrained by changes in the other. Read here three other interesting conclusions from that study.
© Pierandrea Brichetti
Grey Parrot
A recent study of the Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) population in Ghana concluded that 90-99% of the population has been lost in the last two decades. Supposing that declines have been equally steep everywhere else within its range, the global conservation status of Grey Parrot needs to be reassessed. The same is likely true of the recently split Timneh Parrot (P. timneh), which appears to be just as scarce. The decline is a result of the trapping of wild birds and loss of forest habitat.
© Josep del Hoyo

First Country Reports

Eurasian Wigeon
Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope), one photographed on 2 January 2016 at the Bon Accord ponds, Tobago, is the first record for Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the first documented for South America.
Report photo by Tom Johnson
Asian Dowitcher
Other interesting First Country Reports include Franklin’s Gull (Larus pipixcan) in the Congo Republic and Hong Kong; Asian Dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus) in Oman; Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) in Ireland; Naumann’s Thrush (Turdus naumanni) in Hungary; and Temminck’s Stint (Calidris temminckii) in Australia.
Report photo by Jens Eriksen
Read more   News on Birds   |   First Country Reports
IBC's Video of the Month
Roraiman Nightjar

Roraiman Nightjar

(Setopagis whitelyi)


A female Roraiman Nightjar (Setopagis whitelyi) nesting.

Recorded in Sarisariñama Jidi, Jaua-Sarisariñama National Park, Bolívar State, Venezuela, on 15 October 2015.
© David Ascanio
IBC's Photo of the Month
California Condor

California Condor

(Gymnogyps californianus)


A California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) flying at eye-level.

Taken in Big Sur, Monterey County, California, USA, on 1 August  2013.
© Paul Noakes
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Caura Antbird

Caura Antbird

(Percnostola caurensis)


A male Caura Antbird (Percnostola caurensis) singing.

Recorded in Sarisariñama Jidi, Jaua-Sarisariñama National Park, Bolívar State, Venezuela, on 15 October 2015.
© David Ascanio
New Publications
Bird Families of the World

Bird Families of the World
An Invitation to the Spectacular Diversity of Birds
By David W. Winkler, Shawn M. Billerman and Irby J. Lovette
 

Co-published by Lynx Edicions and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this work distills 17 volumes of the encyclopedic Handbook of Birds of the World into a single book. Bird Families of the World features the latest systematic research and summarizes the life history and biology of each group.
31 x 24 cm • hardback • c. 600 pages • 243 distribution maps
c. 750 colour photos • 2,336 bird figures (all genera Illustrated)
Birds of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands

Birds of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands
By Frank Hawkins, Adrian Skerrett and Roger Safford


This new field guide covers the entire Malagasy region: the island of Madagascar and the various islands and archipelagos of the Indian Ocean including the Seychelles, Comoros and Mascarenes. Every resident and migrant species is covered in full detail with a colour distribution map for each species. Vagrants are also treated. All species are illustrated in 124 colour plates.
42.50€    .BUY NOW 
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