HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº29, November 2016

New Maps of My Birding

As you all know, My Birding is the only bird sighting recording system that combines all these great advantages: automatic updating of the taxonomy, access to illustrations and distribution maps for all the world’s species, and direct linking to all the knowledge and materials available in HBW Alive.

Over recent months we have created the My Birding User Manual and thanks to the latest improvements it explains how with just a few clicks, it is now possible to import your sightings from BirdTrack, eBird, Ornitho, BirdBase and personal Excel sheets into My Birding.

In addition, we have developed new tools that show you maps and statistics of your bird sightings, so you will easily be able to find out:
  • number of first sightings in each country
  • number of species you have seen in each country you have visited
  • number of species you have seen in each country in the world
  • number of endemics you have seen
  • number of first sightings you can make in each country (targets)
Here you can find out more about all these new maps and statistics!

Arnau Bonan
Editor, HBW Alive
News on HBW Alive
Recently Updated Species
Highlighted species with Status and conservation section updated:
Rufous-faced Crake
Rufous-faced Crake
(Laterallus xenopterus)
Kittlitz's Murrelet
Kittlitz's Murrelet
(Brachyramphus brevirostris)
Saffron-cowled Blackbird
Saffron-cowled Blackbird
(Xanthopsar flavus)
Black-masked Finch
Black-masked Finch
(Coryphaspiza melanotis)

Highlighted species with full texts updated:
Greater Prairie-chicken
Greater Prairie-chicken
(Tympanuchus cupido)
Tamaulipas Pygmy-owl
Tamaulipas Pygmy-owl
(Glaucidium sanchezi)
Cloudforest Pygmy-owl
Cloudforest Pygmy-owl
(Glaucidium nubicola)
Wetar Scops-owl
Wetar Scops-owl
(Otus tempestatis)
Species with Multimedia Links
Last month we completed the process of adding links to the 43 Trogon species, with a total of 475 multimedia links. The Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno), with 24 links, was the one with the most!
Trogon Species
Yellow-throated Longclaw
Check out these “Top 5” species with recently incorporated multimedia links: Napo Sabrewing (Campylopterus villaviscensio), Yellow-throated Longclaw (Macronyx croceus), Red-backed Thrush (Zoothera erythronota), Rockrunner (Achaetops pycnopygius) and Mouse-brown Sunbird (Anthreptes gabonicus).
HBW Alive Features

First Country Reports

As announced in the May newsletter, the number of First Country Reports keeps increasing and so has the number of followers of such news. For this reason, some months ago we decided to create a “spin-off” newsletter consisting exclusively of these reports. Since then there has been no First Country Reports section in the Birds Alive Newsletter. So we want to remind you that if you’d like to receive a weekly dose of this interesting news in your inbox, you are welcome to subscribe for free.

And of course, in the First Country Reports section you will find all of the cases explained, some with pictures, and with links to the species account and the country of each FCR!
Get the Most Out of My Birding

New Maps of My Birding

As we have explained in the Editorial, now you can enjoy new maps and statistics created from your bird sightings.

You can explore 5 new maps:
  • Species seen in countries visited
  • Species seen of each country
  • First Sightings
  • Endemics
  • Targets
The first four maps show you relevant information from your first sightings and how they are distributed in each territory, while in the fifth, Targets, you will find out for every country the number of first sightings that await you!

Here you can find out more about all these new maps and statistics!
News on Birds
New Taxa
Three new species of Forest-robins (genus Stiphrornis) have been described in a single publication after thorough phylogenetic, morphological and vocal analysis of specimens and living birds, which detected novel lineages, as well as subtle differences in morphology, plumage and song variation. The three newly described species are the following: Stiphrornis dahomeyensis, restricted to Benin and the Central Region of Ghana; S. inexpectatus, which appears to be restricted to the Central and Brong-Ahafo Regions of Ghana; in Ghana, these two new species presumably come into contact with Stiphrornis erythrothorax (Western Region of Ghana and westward), and there is evidence that one of the new species has a distinguishably different song from erythrothorax. Finally S. rudderi, whose distribution is primarily on the south bank of the Congo River, near the city of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ornithological News
Rufous-throated AntbirdSpoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea) is one of the world’s most highly threatened birds. Its global population was estimated at 2000–2800 pairs in the 1970s, falling to 1000 pairs in 2000, only 120–200 pairs by 2009, and just 40 known territories in 2011. In 2013–2014 individuals were trapped at their nests or released from captive-breeding stock in Chukotka, Russia, and fitted with leg flags. The first formal global population estimate is 210–228 breeding pairs, with a post-breeding population of adults and immatures of 661–718 individuals.
The striking plumage similarities between co-occurring orioles (Oriolus) and friarbirds (Philemon) in the Malay archipelago led Alfred Wallace to suggest that orioles could avoid attack by hawks by mimicking the aggressive friarbirds. A recent study using molecular phylogenies and plumage reflectance measurements has tested several key predictions of the mimicry hypothesis. It concluded that that the resemblance between orioles and friarbirds represents mimicry and that colonization of islands by brown orioles has certainly been facilitated by their ability to mimic the aggressive friarbirds.
Seram Friarbird
(Philemon subcorniculatus)
Grey-collared Oriole
Grey-collared Oriole
(Oriolus forsteni)
Read more   News on Birds   |   First Country Reports
IBC's Video of the Month
A huge flock of thousands of Bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla).
Recorded in the Basque Country, Spain,
on 3 December 2010.
IBC's Photo of the Month
Oahu Amakihi
A calling female Oahu Amakihi (Chlorodrepanis flava).
Taken on Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, on 27 June 2016.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Madagascar Hoopoe
A Madagascar Hoopoe (Upupa marginata) displaying.
Recorded in Arboretum d'Antsokay, Toliara, Toliara Province, Madagascar,
on 28 September 2016.
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