HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº26, August 2016

Importing your sightings to My Birding

Supporting members of HBW Alive are just one step away from being able to import their data from BirdTrack, eBird, Ornitho, BirdBase and personal Excel sheets into My Birding.

The imported data is grouped into birdlists, with their respective sightings, and users can easily aggregate a group of new birdlists into a trip, so the material is better arranged and it is easier to look for information and make useful queries.

As different systems follow different taxonomic classifications, in the case that an imported species doesn't match one in the HBW Alive taxonomy, suggestions will be given so that it can be corrected. More information is provided in the “Get the most out of My Birding” section below.

Our idea isn’t that subscribers should switch from these other projects to come to ours, but rather we are trying to create a system that permits subscribers to use their data in multiple platforms, so that people can fulfil different interests at the same time. So, we encourage subscribers to use their data to participate in citizen science projects, while also having these data in My Birding. Like this, the users’ records can be more easily managed and produce richer information at the personal level, and be closely linked with all of the knowledge and materials available in HBW Alive and the IBC.
Julien Reulos
Webmaster, HBW Alive
 
News on HBW Alive
Species with Multimedia Links
We have added more than 200 multimedia links to the accounts of the 15 Penelope species. Enjoy them!
Penelope species
Senegal Parrot
Check out these “Top 5” species with recently incorporated multimedia links: Purple-throated Woodstar (Calliphlox mitchellii), Black-breasted Puffbird (Notharchus pectoralis), Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus), Hume's Wheatear (Oenanthe albonigra) and Russet Sparrow (Passer rutilans).
HBW Alive Features

New direct access to the IBC


As we announced in our last Editorial, the new Internet Bird Collection (IBC) is here! To make it easier to explore the IBC, you now have a special block in the upper right-hand corner of the HBW Alive site with direct access to the IBC.

On the HBW Alive Home page, the IBC block gives the global statistics of the IBC: the total number of videos, photos and sound recordings. Clicking on each value brings you to the top rated videos, top rated photos and top rated sounds pages, respectively.
In each species account in HBW Alive, the IBC block gives the number of videos, photos and sound recordings available of that species, as you can see in the image below for the Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus), and the link brings you directly to the material in question.
Get the Most Out of My Birding

More about importing your sightings to My Birding


We recommend that before importing your data to My Birding from another system you read these General Considerations, where we explain important information regarding taxonomic discrepancies, different ways that territories are defined and more.

Also, we have created a specific tutorial for each system: Please note that the Import tool is in its Beta version, meaning that the service is not completely finished, but it is stable enough to be used and evaluated by subscribers making a typical use of their sightings report app/software/website/Excel and carefully following the steps described in the corresponding tutorial.
 
We also recommend that you have a look at the My Birding User Manual. Divided into seven mini-chapters, the manual gives you a step-by-step tour through our bird sighting recording system, making it easier to navigate and get the most out of My Birding. Many users will be interested in the “Quick Start” chapter, which will help you jump-start your My Birding experience.

If you are not sure about how to proceed, please contact us.
News on Birds
New Taxa
Siwa Reed-warbler

Two new subspecies of the Eurasian Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) have been described in independent publications.

One, Acrocephalus scirpaceus ammon, lives in the Siwa oasis, on the Egypt–Lybia border in the Sahara.
Thanks to Jens Hering for sharing this image with us.
Diagnostic features are its small size (wing-length and tarsus), slight genetic divergence from the closest subspecies (scirpaceus, avicenniae and fuscus), and its preferred breeding habitat of date palms and olive trees.

The other newly described subspecies, Acrocephalus scirpaceus ambiguus, breeds on the Iberian Peninsula and in north-western Africa. It belongs to its own specific clade, as determined by an analysis of the entire complex of Acrocephalus scirpaceus/baeticatus. It is similar to scirpaceus in plumage, but intermediate between scirpaceus and baeticatus in morphology. The authors resurrected the name ambigua, from the lectotype of Calamoherpe ambigua (Brehm, 1857), in the form ambiguus, which is in grammatical agreement with the gender Acrocephalus.
 
Ornithological News
Scops-owl
A scops-owl (Otus) has been discovered in the forests of Príncipe Island (Gulf of Guinea). In a recent expedition Philippe Verbelen obtained good pictures and sound recordings of different birds; the difference in vocalizations, when compared with those of the São Tomé Scops-owl (Otus hartlaubi), suggests it could be an undescribed species.
We are proud and grateful that Philippe chose to share this exciting news first on HBW Alive and we hope that others likewise use this platform to announce their own discoveries.
Helmeted Hornbill
A recent review of the impact of commercial trade on endangered bird populations in Sumatra, Java, Bali and Indonesian Borneo found that 13 bird species and 14 additional subspecies are at risk of extinction there primarily as a result of the bird trade. The list includes up to six Critically Endangered species: Silvery Pigeon (Columba argentina), Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil), Yellow-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea), Short-tailed Green Magpie (Cissa thalassina), Black-winged Myna (Acridotheres melanopterus) and Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi).
Read more   News on Birds   |   First Country Reports
IBC's Video of the Month
Dulit Frogmouth
A Dulit Frogmouth (Batrachostomus harterti) calling.
Recorded in the Kelabit Highlands, Sarawak, on 13 July 2016.
IBC's Photo of the Month
Black-throated Antshrike
A female Black-throated Antshrike (Frederickena viridis) perched.
Taken in Ramal do Pau-Rosa, Manaus, Amazonas State, Brazil, on 26 July 2016.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Tawitawi Brown-dove
A Tawitawi Brown-dove (Phapitreron cinereiceps) calling.

Recorded in Tawi-Tawi, Sulu Archipelago, Philippines, on 1 July 2016.
New Publications
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