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HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº 3, April 2014

News from HBW Alive

  • Status of content updating: Species accounts of all Herons (family Ardeidae) and Darters (Anhingidae) have just been updated. Over the next few weeks we will finish updating the Frigatebirds (family Fregatidae) and Albatrosses (Diomedeidae).
  • The new user-friendly menu simplifies navigation throughout the website, allowing you to move quickly between menus and locate features easily. There is also a new menu containing a list of user options.
  • New improvements to My Birding for Supporting Members: the first Report option, “Sightings: display data”, is already available. This is a flexible reporting system which enables you to visualize all your sightings at once or just your First Sightings.
  • Your sightings are also integrated in the species pages. Check out the "My Birding" block on the right side of the page to see a list of sightings with location and date, including the First Sighting record.
  • Now if you click the “follow” button of any species, you will receive e-mail notification of updates. The “update history” menu will allow comparison of previous and current versions.
Recent News on Birds

Yunnan Nuthatch, first record for India.

March 29, 2014
Yunnan NuthatchA flock seen and a bird photographed on 13 March 2014 at Helmet Top, Walong village, Arunchal Pradesh. Hitherto regarded as endemic to SW China.

The Spotted Wren-babbler, single representative of an ancient lineage.

March 6, 2014
Spotted Wren-babblerA recent molecular study has found that the Spotted Wren-babbler (Elachura formosa) represents a relict basal lineage within the clade Passerida, with no close extant relatives. The name Elachuridae has accordingly been proposed for a new, monotypic family. The Spotted Wren-babbler has been up to now considered a babbler...

Why do Jackdaws have near-white eyes?

March 17, 2014
JackdawAn experimental study carried out by researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, has shown that Jackdaws’ pale irides act as a warning signal to indicate that a nest is occupied and deter intrusions by conspecifics. In this corvid...
Recently Updated Species
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Also, we encourage you to compare the text revisions of the following species.
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(Anhinga anhinga)

Great White Egret
Great White Egret (Egretta alba)
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New Taxa

Upper Magdalena Tapaculo
(Scytalopus rodriguezi)

Upper Magdalena TapaculoThe Upper Magdalena Tapaculo (Scytalopus rodriguezi) was described in 2005 (Bull BOC 125: 93-108) from the upper Magdalena Valley in Huila department, Colombia. A new related taxon, Scytalopus rodriguezi yariguiorum, from the Serranía de los Yariguíes, c. 580 km to the north in Santander department, Colombia, is described here.

Common Bush-tanager
(Chlorospingus flavopectus)

Common Bush-tanagerThe Common Bush-tanagers (Chlorospingus flavopectus; C. ophthalmicus flavopectus according to HBW-Alive present taxonomy) inhabiting the east slope of the Eastern Andes of Colombia are described as a new subspecies, C. f. olsoni. Specimens from the range of the new subspecies have previously been referred to C. f. macarenae, a subspecies endemic to the Serranía de la Macarena.

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IBC's Video of the Month
Schrenck's Bittern
Schrenck's Bittern
(Ixobrychus eurhythmus)
Male, fishing for tadpoles (and rotting leaves!)
Lower Peirce Reservoir, Water Catchment Forest Reserve, Singapore © Martin Kennewell, 1 April 2014
IBC's Photo of the Month
Jouanin's Petrel
Jouanin's Petrel (Bulweria fallax)
Taken during a Pelagic off the East Coast of the UAE (Gulf of Oman) © Mike Barth, 14 June 2013
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Niceforo's Wren
Niceforo's Wren (Thryothorus nicefori)
San Gil, Santander Department, Colombia
© Bernabé Lopez Lanús, 7 March 2000
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