As we announced in the February newsletter, over the last few months we have been working hard on the application of the new information and materials from the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World - Volume 2: Passerines to the passerine species on HBW Alive. We are happy to announce that the process has been implemented with success. Here are some highlights that may be of interest:
But we didn’t stop there…
- HBW Alive formerly covered 6008 extant species of passerines, while the Checklist recognises 6592, adopting or making 627 splits and 54 lumps and incorporating 11 newly described species; a net increase of 584 species. These taxonomic changes have been carefully applied to HBW Alive so that all data have been accurately reassigned as needed.
- 12,629 passerine illustrations have been uploaded, of which 642 are new and 1208 are improved illustrations.
- We have incorporated the 6592 updated distribution maps carefully prepared for the Checklist for all of the passerines.
Already 70 “split” species from across ten families have been updated and all of the sections of their species accounts completed. In the HBW Alive Features section below we explain more about the updating process and the families completed thus far.
These changes also affect My Birding, and in the Get the Most Out of My Birding section below we outline the different tools we have activated to help you apply the new taxonomy to your bird sightings without losing information and while maintaining the accuracy of your data.
We hope that you enjoy the revamped passerines on HBW Alive!
Josep del Hoyo
Director, HBW Alive