HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº35, May 2017

Create your own Trip Reports

“Trips” are the best way to join together different “Birdlists” and they are very easy to create. And now your Trips can be displayed as Trip Reports!

The most notable advantages of Trip Reports are:
  • A map showing the itinerary of the Trip.
  • A complete list of species recorded during the Trip, including information for each on locality(s) and number of individuals seen.
  • A summary for each Birdlist, giving the title and date, hour (optional), as well as the illustrated list of the species recorded. If you created a map and/or added comments, these elements will also be displayed.
Learn more and view some samples.

With this new format it is easier to explore your Trips and to find out all of the species you recorded and where. Also, it is very simple to share your Trip Reports as PDF files, so now you can send them to your trip mates and friends!
 
This is just the first step towards a more powerful tool to create and share Trip Reports, in which you will be able to specifying which parts you want to show and which you want to keep for yourself. With all these new improvements, My Birding will be your best ally for planning birding trips and also for producing and sharing your Trip Reports!
 
Julien Reulos
Webmaster, HBW Alive
News on HBW Alive
New Species from the Checklist Updated

New Split Species from the Illustrated Checklist Updated

As explained in the last Editorial, we have been focusing some special updating efforts on the cases of passerine splits, checking the given information and adding more details for the affected taxa, both the original “mother” species and the resulting “daughter” species.

For example, we have now completed the 50 “new species” (resulting from splits) of the families Pittidae (Pittas) and Thamnophilidae (Typical Antbirds). We have also started adding multimedia links to these accounts, with the pittas completed and the antbirds under way.

Here are four examples to peruse:
Sulawesi Pitta
Sulawesi Pitta
(Erythropitta celebensis)
Black-crowned Pitta
Black-crowned Pitta
(Erythropitta ussheri)
Eastern Hooded Pitta
Eastern Hooded Pitta
(Pitta novaeguineae)
Silvery-flanked Antwren
Silvery-flanked Antwren
(Myrmotherula luctuosa)
Species with Multimedia Links
Southern Mealy Amazon
Last month we completed the process of adding links to the 34 Amazona species, with a total of 311 multimedia links. The Southern Mealy Amazon (Amazona farinosa), with 21 links, was the one with the most!
King Bird-of-paradise
Check out these “Top 5” species with recently incorporated multimedia links: Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius), Blue-mantled Thornbill (Chalcostigma stanleyi), Grey-hooded Attila (Attila rufus), Flame Bowerbird (Sericulus ardens) and King Bird-of-paradise (Cicinnurus regius).
 
HBW Alive Features

Colour-coded Subspecies Groups in Plates


Subspecies groups are informal taxonomic units used to highlight seemingly monophyletic groups of taxa (sometimes single subspecies) that, at present, appear to sit between the species and subspecies levels. In the Subspecies and Distribution section, subspecies that separate into groups are indicated with coloured bullet points, and the English common name of each group is given (under the first described taxon) and highlighted in the corresponding colour.

Now, in the figures of each species account, the subspecies name and the English common name of each subspecies group is included, highlighted in the same colour as in the Subspecies and Distribution section. This improvement will increase the visibility of the subspecies groups in the species accounts, making it easier to perceive the relationships between the different subspecies illustrated.
Get the Most Out of My Birding

Changes in Passerine taxonomy: update your bird sightings and checks!
 

As we announced in the last newsletter, with the application of the new taxonomy from the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World - Volume 2: Passerines to the passerine species on HBW Alive, all of the changes were also applied to My Birding and to your bird sightings and checks!

We want to remind you that you can easily update your bird sightings and checks with the following tools: We encourage you to update your data, which will improve the outputs from My Birding and help you to better plan your bird trips!
News on Birds
Ornithological News

Why male Great Bustards consume blister beetles?
 

Great Bustards (Otis tarda) regularly consume blister beetles (Meloidae) even though these contain cantharidin, a highly toxic compound. Consumption of these beetles is especially high among males during the mating period. It has been suggested that the anti-microbial and anti-helminthic properties of cantharidin give males cleaner cloacas to display to inspecting females at leks. Cantharidin has aphrodisiac properties and a new hypothesis proposes that cantharidin consumption may increase their sexual arousal and therefore their willingness to participate in the costly competition for females.
 

Taxonomic affinities of an island giant, the Sao Tome Grosbeak


The Critically Endangered Sao Tome Grosbeak (Crithagra concolor), endemic to the island of São Tomé in the Gulf of Guinea, is arguably one of the least-known birds in the world. A recent genetic study, using mitochondrial and nuclear sequence data, has confirmed that the species is indeed an Old World canary (Fringillidae, subfamily Carduelinae) and also that it is very close to another endemic species of the Gulf of Guinea, the Principe Seedeater (Crithagra rufobrunnea), inhabiting Príncipe Island and also São Tomé. The Sao Tome Grosbeak, an island giant, is the world’s largest canary, 50% heavier than the next largest species.
Read more   News on Birds   |   First Country Reports
Internet Bird Collection
IBC's Video of the Month
Salvadori’s Antwren
Female Salvadori’s Antwren (Myrmotherula minor), first video in the IBC!
Taken in Serra Bonita Private Reserve, Camacan, Bahia State, Brazil, on 19 April 2017.
IBC's Photo of the Month
Mariqua Sunbird
Lateral view of a Pale-olive Greenbul (Phyllastrephus fulviventris),
first picture in the IBC!

Recorded in Kumbira Forest, Gabela, Cuanza Sul Province, Angola, on 18 September 2016.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Naga Wren-babbler
A Naga Wren-babbler (Spelaeornis chocolatinus) singing.

Recorded in Khonoma, Nagaland, India, on 14 Aprl 2017.
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