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HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº 2, February 2014

News from HBW Alive

  • Status of content updating: Anseriformes, the first relatively large order, has been completed, thanks to a special effort by Guy Kirwan. In a few months we intend to have the updating for all of Volume 1 finished. Other important news is that Peter Boesman, who is responsible for updating the Voice sections, has completed work on around 220 species, as well as adding sound recordings to about 200 more.
  • New improvements to My Birding for Supporting Members: the system is now able to automatically calculate and show you the “First Sighting” for each species you’ve added through My Birding. Just look for the First Sighting icon next to the species name in the sightings list of each Birdlist you’ve created.
  • As part of the planned improvements to My Birding, the first Report option, “Sightings: display data”, will soon be available. This is a flexible reporting system which enables you to visualize all your sightings at once and extract statistics. This report option allows a wide variety of filters, e.g. by country, date range, First Sighting, Birdlist and Trip. The results obtained can be printed or exported to spreadsheets or text documents.
  • If you are a Basic Member but want to enjoy the new My Birding functionality for Supporting Members, you can now upgrade your subscription online from your Account page. Note that upgrading a Basic Member subscription to Supporting consists in the payment of a full year’s Supporting Member fee, minus the unused part of the Basic Member subscription. See your personalized quote now!
Recent News on Birds

Northern Bald Ibises show benefits of formation flight.

January 24, 2014
Northern Bald IbisNew insights on the benefits of formation flight in birds have been gained from a study using a flock of 14 human-imprinted juvenile Northern Bald Ibises equipped with back-mounted synchronized GPS and inertial measurement units, and taught to follow a powered parachute.

Toothed-billed Pigeon, recent sighting.

January 23, 2014
In December 2013 a young bird was seen and photographed on Savaii Island by a team of the Samoan Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. There have not been confirmed sightings of this Samoan endemic in almost a decade.
Recently Updated Species
Updating the contents of HBW Alive is an ongoing effort. Click here to see all of the species that have been updated recently.
Also, we encourage you to compare the text revisions of the following species.
Just go to the "Update History" menu on the right-hand side of the page and click on "basic mode".
Red-billed Tropicbird

Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus)

Pink-eared Duck
Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)
New Publications from Lynx
The forthcoming HBW and Birdlife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World has been officially announced by Lynx Edicions for publication in August of this year.
HBW World Bird Photo Contest
HBW World Bird Photo Contest
The HBW World Bird Photo Contest is still open for entries!

You can now VOTE for your favourite photo of the competition! Be part of the public jury for the Best Vox Populi photo award.

Don’t forget that there is a special award for video clips.

Participate Now -  the competition closes on March 24, 2014.
The first reviews of HBW Alive are starting to appear, and they are very positive!

See what the press is saying in Nature and Ornithos Magazine.
New Taxa

São Paulo Marsh Antwren
(Formicivora paludicola)

The São Paulo Marsh Antwren (Formicivora paludicola) is described from 13 specimens (nine males and four females) collected in the municipalities of Mogi das Cruzes, Salesópolis, and São José dos Campos, near the city of São Paulo, southeastern Brazil.

Tropeiro Seedeater
(Sporophila beltoni)

An analysis of the morphology, vocalizations, habitat preference and distribution revealed that the southern yellow-billed population ascribed to the Plumbeous Seedeater (Sporophila plumbea) is actually an undescribed species.
Do you know how to search and consult bibliography in HBW Alive?
Learn how to explore the references on their own in an organized way with this short video.

Be sure to watch the other tutorials too!
IBC's Video of the Month
Eurasian Bittern
Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris)
Fishing and catching a big prey in a dense reedbed. Parma Province, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy. © Pierandrea Brichetti, 10 March 2009.
IBC's Photo of the Month
Schlegel's Asity
Schlegel's Asity (Philepitta schlegeli)
An adult male on a banch.
Ankarafantsika National Park, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar © Frederic Pelsy, 3 October 2012.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Horned Screamer
Horned Screamer (Anhima cornuta)
Cocha Camungo, Manu Wildlife Center, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Madre de Dios Department, Peru © Peter Boesman, 25 July 2009.
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