HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº31, January 2017

Lots of new illustrations!

HBW Alive is the place to go for detailed illustrations of—literally—all of the birds of the world! HBW Alive includes all of the bird illustrations from the acclaimed 17-volume Handbook of the Birds of the World series, covering all of the bird species, including males and females in cases of sexual dimorphism and many morphs and distinctive subspecies. But that’s not all... We’ve already incorporated many additional and improved illustrations and we will continue to do so.

Most notably, we’ve added 242 new and 783 improved illustrations of non-passerines that were produced for the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volume 1 (Non-passerines). We’ve also incorporated more than 300 new illustrations from our forthcoming field guide, Birds of New Guinea, including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville, and 50 new and 11 improved illustrations from our recently released Field Guide to the Birds of Machu Picchu and the Cusco Region, Peru.

More recently, over the last month we’ve uploaded more than 340 new and 105 improved illustrations of non-passerines from our newly released Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago; Greater Sundas and Wallacea.
And coming very soon... Over the next few months we will incorporate a whopping 642 new and 1,208 improved illustrations of passerines created for our recently published HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volume 2 (Passerines)!

Here you can learn more about these additional illustrations. As always, you can explore the illustrations and plates on HBW Alive by simply going to Species plates, and, for example, in the Geographic filter (in the upper right-hand corner) typing “Indonesia” and then, in the Family box, typing the family in which you are interested (e.g. Accipitridae, Scolopacidae, Charadriidae, Laridae, Cuculidae). This way you can easily see how many new illustrations we have incorporated and enjoy them!
Arnau Bonan
Editor, HBW Alive
News on HBW Alive
Species with Multimedia Links
We have added more 280 multimedia links to the accounts of the 37 Ninox species. Enjoy them!
Ninox species
Emperor Bird-of-paradise
Check out these “Top 5” species with recently incorporated multimedia links: Green Junglefowl (Gallus varius), El Oro Parakeet (Pyrrhura orcesi), White-headed Saw-wing (Psalidoprocne albiceps), Somali Tit (Parus thruppi) and Emperor Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea guilielmi).

HBW Alive Features

New illustrations from the field guide Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago; Greater Sundas and Wallacea incorporated into HBW Alive.

As we explained in the Editorial, over the last month we have incorporated into HBW Alive more than 340 new and 105 improved illustrations of non-passerines from our newly released Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago; Greater Sundas and Wallacea. You will find new illustrations of:
  • New subspecies of several illustrated species
  • Adults flying and juveniles of all regular Accipitridae species
  • Adult non-breeding plumages of several herons, shorebirds and seabirds
  • Juvenile and immature plumages of several species
Here you can find out more about these new illustrations.
Get the Most Out of My Birding


As we’ve explained in recent editorials (see our November and December Newsletters), one of the main goals of HBW Alive is to make My Birding your most helpful tool for planning trips and storing birding data.

With this second point in mind, we’ve created a new checkbox—“Ringed”—in the My Birding data fields, so that you can specify the number of birds you ringed of each species in a birdlist.
Here you can find out more about this new field, designed for bird ringers.
News on Birds
New Taxa
An apparently isolated subspecies of the Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius) has been described from the Upper Cooper Creek drainage in far north-eastern South Australia and neighbouring extreme south-western Queensland. It is similar to B. zonarius barnardi in plumage pattern, but its overall plumage colouration is markedly paler, more yellowish-green, especially on the head and upperparts. Morphometric analysis revealed no significant differences in dimensions between the two taxa.
Ornithological News
A study using geolocators has now shown that Whimbrels (Numenius Whimbrelphaeopus islandicus) breeding in Iceland and wintering in West Africa perform long, non-stop flights over the ocean, despite the partial availability of alternative routes overland. In autumn 2012, four individuals flew non-stop to their wintering areas, covering c. 3,900–5,500 km in five days. During the return migration, however, two birds stopped in the British Isles for 11 and 15 days, and the other two returned to Iceland non-stop.
The critically endangered California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) was widespread and locally abundant from southern British Columbia, Canada, to Baja California, Mexico, during the nineteenth century. Analysis of ancient DNA, obtained from museum specimens, has shown that the population bottleneck resulted in an 80% reduction in unique haplotypes. The same study has found that the periphery of the range contained haplotypes that were common throughout the historical range, suggesting that there was considerable gene flow between sub-populations.
Read more   News on Birds   |   First Country Reports
IBC's Video of the Month
 Buff-breasted Paradise-kingfisher
A couple of Buff-breasted Paradise-kingfishers (Tanysiptera Sylvia) excavating their nest.
Recorded in Daintree, Queensland, Australia, on 2 November 2016.
IBC's Photo of the Month
 Spangled Honeyeater
A Spangled Honeyeater (Melipotes ater), a range-restricted species from New Guinea.
Taken in Satop, Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea (mainland), on 19 July 2014.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Black-headed Kingfisher
A Black-headed Kingfisher (Actenoides capucinus) calling.
Recorded in Lambusango Forest, South East Sulawesi Province, Sulawesi, Indonesia, on 16 July 2016.
New Publications

The first ever FULLY ILLUSTRATED checklist
of the birds of the world
is now complete!

Checklist SET

Volume 1 (Non Passerines) and
Volume 2 (Passerines) are available!

With a new taxonomy that incorporates the most
up-to-date information and uses a comprehensive,
systematic and consistent methodology.
BL Magazine - Dec 2016

Why the Illustrated Checklist is

Read this article from the December 2016 issue of BirdLife–The magazine. Illustrated Checklist co-author, Prof. Nigel Collar of BirdLife International, explains why this tome will be a vital tool for conservationists.
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