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.
Editor, HBW Alive