HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº27, September 2016

Importing sightings to My Birding: a success!

As we announced in the last newsletter, importing your sightings from BirdTrack, eBird, Ornitho, BirdBase and personal Excel sheets into My Birding is now possible with just a few clicks, and the first users of the system have welcomed it.

During the import process, the system automatically manages the taxonomic differences that exist between the various platforms and My Birding. Last month, some of the first users imported their bird sightings to My Birding. Of almost 5,000 different species imported only 138 were not automatically recognized, and users have voiced their satisfaction with the overall process.

Thanks to the new tools developed over the last month, now it is even easier to import your sightings to My Birding, check the accuracy and consistency of your stored My Birding data and correct possible inconsistencies. Learn more about these new tools in the “Get the Most Out of My Birding” section below.

We encourage you to import your bird sightings to My Birding to take full advantage of the power of HBW and the IBC combined with your personal bird observations.

Julien Reulos
Webmaster, HBW Alive
News on HBW Alive
Species with Multimedia Links
We have added more than 100 multimedia links to the accounts of the 11 Coua species. Enjoy them!
Coua species
Alexandrine Parakeet
Check out these “Top 5” species with recently incorporated multimedia links: Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii), White-eyed Buzzard (Butastur teesa), Palawan Hornbill (Anthracoceros marchei), Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria) and Tiger Shrike (Lanius tigrinus).
HBW Alive Features

Stronger connections between HBW Alive and the IBC

The interconnectivity of HBW Alive and the Internet Bird Collection is now even better:

1. Now, while adding sightings to a birdlist, you can place the cursor over the (i) icon and a small popup window will appear with an illustration of the species, its distribution map and its top picture on the IBC, plus a link to explore more images. This allows you to quickly get an overview and access the IBC material, confirm IDs, etc.

2. On every HBW Alive species page, you now have the total number of videos, photos and sound recordings that you personally have uploaded to the IBC. These totals are linked, so it's a faster and more convenient way to go to the IBC and see your own media. If you are not a contributor or don't have any media of a given species, you will still see the total number of videos, photos and sounds available on the site.
Get the Most Out of My Birding

New tools to facilitate importing your sightings to My Birding

Over the last month, we’ve developed new tools to make it easier to import data to My Birding. Read below to see how these can help you!

If the territories of some birdlists have not been imported correctly, now it is very easy to fix this. On this page you can easily select the birdlists with an erroneous territory and choose a new one to apply to all of them.

Sometimes, due to taxonomic differences between the imported system and My Birding, an imported species may be “accepted”, because it does exist under the My Birding taxonomy (HBW-Birdlife Checklist for non-passerines and HBW for passerines), but it is not the species you intended... Imagine that you imported several bird sightings of “Green Woodpecker” in Spain as Picus viridis. In the HBW-Birdlife Checklist this species was split and now the correct species in Spain is the Iberian Green Woodpecker (Picus sharpei). You can use the tool “show only sightings out of range” to check the accuracy and consistency of your My Birding stored data, but up until now it was quite tedious to manually change all of the sightings in each birdlist. So, we’ve created this new tool, with which you can amend all of the sightings of a species from a given territory with just a few clicks.

And last, but not least important, you can easily export all of your bird sightings from the My Birding homepage, and also filter the data you want to export.
News on Birds
Ornithological News
Great Frigatebird
A new study using electroencephalogram recordings of Great Frigatebirds (Fregata minor) flying over the ocean demonstrated that these birds can sleep with either one hemisphere of the brain at a time or both hemispheres simultaneously. The birds in the study slept on the wing only 7.4% of the time spent sleeping on land, indicating that ecological demands for attention during flight usually exceed the attention afforded by sleeping with half of the brain at a time.
Several terns showing the characteristics of the Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) have been reported in Europe since 1974. Genetic analyses have now confirmed that three of four European birds examined were pure-bred Elegant Terns; the fourth was a Lesser Crested Tern (T. bengalensis).
Allied Owlet-nightjar
The race terborghi of the Allied Owlet-nightjar (Aegotheles affinis) has been known for 52 years just from the type specimen. In July 2016 a group led by Ashley Banwell succeeded in finding an individual of A. a. terborghi in the type locality, an old volcano at Karimui, and also to take some nice photographs and videos at close range!
Thanks to Ashley Banwell for sharing this image with us.

We are proud and grateful that Ashley Banwell chose to share this exciting news first on HBW Alive; read more about it in this Ornithological Note.
Read more   News on Birds   |   First Country Reports
IBC's Video of the Month
Western Capercaillie
A male Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) displaying, mating and chasing intruder males.

Recorded in Kuusamo, Oulu Province, Finland, on 6 May 2016.
IBC's Photo of the Month
Snow Mountain Quail
A male Snow Mountain Quail (Anurophasis monorthonyx).
Taken at Lake Habbema, West Papua, on 23 August 2016.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Black Sicklebill
A male Black Sicklebill (Epimachus fastosus) displaying.

Recorded in Rondon Ridge, Mount Hagen, Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea (mainland), New Guinea, on 31 July 2016.
New Publications

Un viaje en familia por “La ruta de las aves”
By Antonio Sandoval Rey

BirdFlyway is one of the most extraordinary routes in Europe, travelled each autumn by millions of migrating birds. Together with a very special guide, the members of the family in this novel travel through its natural scenic beauty, replete with life and history; but they also discover surprising things about themselves through the landscapes and birds they find.Text in Spanish.

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Birds of Nepal

Birds of Nepal
By Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp & Hem Sagar Baral

This fully updated edition of Birds of Nepal is the most comprehensive guide to the birds of this beautiful Himalayan country. The texts have been completely re-written for this edition and many of the illustrations have been replaced. In addition, maps have been included for the first time.

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