HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº21, March 2016

HBW Forewords included in HBW Alive

Forward on Fossil Birds - HBW Volume 12
As announced in the last newsletter, we have now finished uploading all of the Forewords from the Handbook of the Birds of the World series to HBW Alive. The Forewords are essays written by specialists, each dealing with a particular subject of importance in the world of ornithology; e.g. migration, ornithological nomenclature, fossil birds, conservation...

We hope you enjoy them!

Arnau Bonan
Editor, HBW Alive
 
News on HBW Alive
Species with Multimedia Links
Australian Painted-snipe
Currently more than 355 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 Australian Painted-snipe (Rostratula australis), Somali Courser (Cursorius somalensis), Arctic Herring Gull (Larus smithsonianus) or Australian Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon macrotarsa).
We have added links to the accounts of the 16 Strix species. Explore them!
Strix species
Rainbow-bearded Thornbill
Here are some highlights of species with recently incorporated links: Rainbow-bearded Thornbill (Chalcostigma herrani), Giant Hummingbird (Patagona gigas), Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae) and Golden Bowerbird (Prionodura newtoniana).
 
HBW Alive Features
All HBW Forewords included in HBW Alive
As explained in the Editorial, all 17 of the Forewords from the Handbook of the Birds of the World series have been uploaded to HBW Alive. So now, with just a few clicks you can read the Forewords that deal with your preferred topics in ornithology. You will also enjoy graphics and illustrations from the pieces, like this one of the sadly extinct Bonin Grosbeak (Chaunoproctus ferreorostris).

 
Extinct birds
Guy Kirwan updated his 2000th species on HBW Alive
 
During the month of February, HBW Alive Editor Guy Kirwan updated his 2000th species on HBW Alive! One important phase of the updating process is focused on the species from the earliest volumes of HBW. Currently, Guy is working on species from HBW Volume 3 and other species with remarkable new information, like the Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius), species number 2000!

As a direct result of editorial work for HBW Alive, Guy uncovered the first (and only documented) record in Brazil of Sapphire Quail-dove (Geotrygon saphirina): a male specimen collected in Amazonas state in March 1923.
 
Get the Most Out of My Birding
How to insert page numbers in the Printable checklist
One of the most useful tools for an upcoming birding trip is the Printable checklist.

In this tutorial we explain how, once you have configured the Printable checklist as desired, to get a printed version of the checklist including pages numbers. The process differs a bit based on the browser you are using: Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer.
News on Birds
Ornithological News
Red-backed Shrike
A recent study has demonstrated that adults migrate earlier than juveniles in autumn in long-distance migrant passerines that have a winter moult, while differences are much smaller in species that have a summer moult, with juveniles often preceding adults. A similar pattern has previously been reported for migratory passerines in North America
Other highlighted news:
Common Eider
An experiment with artificial tree nests has showed that aerial predators may detect nests by the ultraviolet reflectance of eggs.
 
An analysis of time-series of polar bear (Ursus maritimus) observations on Spitsbergen and in Greenland has found an increase of nest predation on several bird species, like Common Eider (Somateria mollissima).

First Country Reports

White-winged Snowfinch
White-winged Snowfinch (Montifringilla nivalis), one photographed on 22 February 2016 at Kalaat es Senam, Kef Governorate, seems to be the first record for Tunisia and probably for the whole African continent.
Report photo by Cedric Mroczko
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Other interesting First Country Reports include Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) in Brazil, apparently the first record for South America; Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis) on Bali, first record for Indonesia and South-East Asia; Common Swift (Apus apus) in Thailand, first record for South-East Asia, too; and Yellow-throated Greenbul (Chlorocichla flavicollis), first record for Namibia and Southern Africa.
Report photo by Steve Jones
Read more   News on Birds   |   First Country Reports
IBC's Video of the Month
Golden Bowerbird

Golden Bowerbird

(Prionodura newtoniana)


A Golden Bowerbird (Prionodura newtoniana) working on its bower.

Recorded in Mount Hypipamee National Park, Queensland, Australia, on 12 December 2014.
© Pieter de Groot Boersma
IBC's Photo of the Month
Philippine Cockatoo

Philippine Cockatoo

(Microparra capensis)


A critically endangered species, Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia), feeding.

Taken in Palawan, Philippines, on 20 April 2009.
© Peter O.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Collared Owlet

Collared Owlet

(Glaucidium brodiei)


A Collared Owlet (Glaucidium brodiei).

Recorded in Bach Ma National Park, Annam, Vietnam, on 15 January 2016.
© Nick Talbot
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)
Flight identification of Raptors of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East

Flight Identification of Raptors of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East
By Dick Forsman


This book is the ultimate flight-identification guide for the raptors of the Western Palaearctic, covering Europe, North Africa, the Middle East (including Arabia) to Central Asia. It provides identification information for all 60 species that regularly occur in the region. going to subspecific level wherever needed. The text covers every plumage and age in detail, with each species account accompanied by a range of photographs covering all the principal plumages.
56.00€    .BUY NOW 
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