HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº28, October 2016

The updating process of the Status and conservation section

Over the past two and a half years, we have been making a significant effort to update the Status and conervation section of the HBW Alive species accounts for bird species of conservation concern.  This is probably the section that is most challenging to maintain, requiring that we keep pace with the rapidly changing fortunes of the world's birds. So far, the accounts of all the most seriously threatened species have been updated: all 206 Critically Endangered species, including 13 Possibly Extinct and one Possibly Extinct in the Wild. Overall, the Status and conervation sections of more than a third of the world's 1380 threatened species have been recently updated. This includes all threatened Rails (Rallidae; 33 spp.), Kingfishers (Alcedinidae; 16 spp.) and Ovenbirds (Furnariidae; 29 spp.), and all Nightjars (Caprimulgidae; 13 spp.), Cotingas (Cotingidae; 23 spp.) and Manakins (Pipridae; 5 spp.) of conservation concern. All 61 of the world's least-known species in conservation terms— those assessed as Data Deficient— are also up-to-date.

We have been fortunate to have new information from national red data books such as those for Australia, Nepal, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela and the Europe.
 
With the aim of informing you of the latest updates in the species accounts, we have created a new section in the Newsletter, Recently Updated Species, where you’ll find the most remarkable updates.

Chris Sharpe
Editor, HBW Alive
 
News on HBW Alive
Recently Updated Species
As we announced in the Editorial, we have created this new section where you will find a selection of the most noteworthy updates to the species accounts. At present, we would like to highlight some important updates to the Status and conservation section, as well as general updates in other selected species, specifically in the owls (Strigidae), which we have been working on recently.

Highlighted species with Status and conservation section updated:
Eskimo Curlew
Eskimo Curlew
Numenius borealis
Helmeted Hornbill
Helmeted Hornbill
Rhinoplax vigil
Bearded Tachuri
Bearded Tachuri
Polystictus pectoralis
White-throated Barbtail
White-throated Barbtail
Premnoplex tatei
Yellow-breasted Bunting
Yellow-breasted Bunting
Emberiza aureola

Highlighted owl species with full texts updated:
Northern Pygmy-owl
Northern Pygmy-owl
Glaucidium californicum
Mountain Pygmy-owl
Mountain Pygmy-owl
Glaucidium gnoma
African Barred Owlet
African Barred Owlet
Glaucidium capense
Species with Multimedia Links
We are always busy adding multimedia links to the accounts to enhance the comprehension of the already detailed texts. It is quite a fun job as we get to see a lot of great material this way. Some of our recent favourites include links to two genera of kingfishers, specifically the 25 Todiramphus species and the 12 Halcyon species. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!
Halcyon Species
Tricoloured Parrotfinch
Check out these “Top 5” species with recently incorporated multimedia links: Solomons Frogmouth (Rigidipenna inexpectata), Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo (Cercococcyx olivinus), Maroon Oriole (Oriolus traillii), Giant Conebill (Oreomanes fraseri) and Tricoloured Parrotfinch (Erythrura tricolor).
HBW Alive Features

More information on your IBC material within HBW Alive!
 

As we announced in the August Newsletter, on the HBW Alive Home page there is an IBC block in the upper right-hand corner that gives the global statistics for the IBC.

Furthermore, in each species account in HBW Alive, the IBC block gives the number of videos, photos and sound recordings available of that species. And now it also informs you of the material that you personally have uploaded to the IBC of that species, as you can see in the image below for the Eurasian Scops-owl (Otus scops). The links bring you directly to your material of that species in the IBC!
Get the Most Out of My Birding

Stronger connections between My Birding and the IBC


As we announced in the September Newsletter, we have been implementing several improvements to increase the interconnectivity of HBW Alive and the Internet Bird Collection. Now it’s time to do so for My Birding!

With the new functionalities, when you are exploring your sightings in a Birdlist you will have direct access to your IBC materials of any species. With just a few clicks you will find all of your materials of a species taken on the date and in the territory of the Birdlist, as well as the rest of your materials of that species. You will also have direct access to other contributors’ materials of any species from your Birdlists!
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Find more detailed information about these improvements here!
 
News on Birds
Ornithological News
Rufous-throated Antbird
A recent study has documented two records of theraphosid spiders preying on birds in the Brazilian Amazon, which is the first detailed description of this kind of predation. They show a case of Rufous-throated Antbird (Gymnopithys rufigula) preyed upon by Theraphosa blondi (see image) and an individual of Southern House Wren (Troglodytes musculus) preyed upon by Avicularia avicularia.
Audubon’s Shearwater
Audubon’s Shearwater (Puffinus lherminieri) is a cryptic seabird that has disappeared from many colonies. A new study has concluded that the current population is a small fraction of its previous size. Former populations were at least 446,000 breeding pairs and potentially more than 2,000,000 defended nests, while, if conservative densities from surveyed colonies occur on unsurveyed colonies, then only about 37,900 defended nests and 20,500 breeding pairs should exist.
Read more   News on Birds   |   First Country Reports
IBC's Video of the Month
Wire-crested Thorntail
A male Wire-crested Thorntail (Discosura popelairii) displaying to a female.

Recorded at Wildsumaco Lodge, Napo Province, Ecuador, on 10 June 2016.
IBC's Photo of the Month
Creamy-throated White-eye
A Creamy-throated White-eye (Zosterops atriceps dehaani) from Morotai.
Taken in Morotai, Maluku Islands, Indonesia, on 1 September 2016.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Asian Houbara
Asian Houbara (Chlamydotis macqueenii) calling at night.
Recorded in Iran, on 21 September 2016.
New Publications
Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago

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A photographic celebration of Britain and northern Europe’s richly varied birdlife. This book depicts birds in intricate detail at life size, as well as larger than life in the case of many smaller species.
 
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