HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº38, August 2017

New Taxonomy Tools

HBW Alive offers something for everyone, from birdwatchers who want to enjoy birds and keep their lists updated to ornithologists with great interest in taxonomy and bird biology. As we keep innovating with all of our subscribers in mind, we’ve recently incorporated three new functionalities:
  1. Scientific Classification: a new taxonomic box
  2. Taxonomic structure and notes
  3. Sighted Species by group
The first two deal with taxonomy, while the third is related to your bird sightings. Here’s a closer look:
In the species accounts, there is a new box called “SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION”, which shows the taxonomic tree of each species—from Class to Genus—and includes any relevant texts from the HBW and Birdlife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volumes 1 (Non-passerines) and 2 (Passerines), for each rank, when they exist. These texts explain the taxonomic changes at that level with respect to the HBW series and are essential to understanding the HBW/BirdLife Checklist taxonomic resolutions.
In the Scientific Classification box there is a link to Taxonomic structure and notes. On this page, the Class Aves is displayed, from Order down through Genus, as well as all of the relevant notes from the HBW/BirdLife Checklist, as explained above. At the top of the page, you can customize your preferences to include or not in the display: Orders, Families, Subfamilies, Tribes and Genus. The page also includes links to the Species lists and Plates for all of the families and genera. With this new page it has never been easier to explore and learn about bird taxonomy!

And, finally, we have created the Sighted Species by group page, where you can browse your sighted species from My Birding by order, family and genus. In the “Get the Most Out of My Birding” section below, we explain this page in detail.
Ferran Gil
Webmaster, HBW Alive
News on HBW Alive
New Species from the Checklist Updated

New Split Species from the Illustrated Checklist Updated

We continue our work updating the passerine splits derived from Volume 2 of the Illustrated Checklist, both in terms of the original “mother” species and the resulting “daughter” species.

Last month we completed all “new species” (resulting from splits) of the families Campephagidae (Cuckooshrikes), Artamidae (Woodswallows and Butcherbirds) and Meliphagidae (Honeyeaters), and we started on Pycnonotidae (Bulbuls). We also continue adding multimedia links to the completed “new species”, with Tityridae (Tityras and allies) and Artamidae (Woodswallows and Butcherbirds) finished and Tyrannidae (Tyrant-flycatchers) under way.

Here are six examples to browse:
Northern Royal Flycatcher
Northern Royal Flycatcher
(Onychorhynchus mexicanus)
Eastern Black-tailed Tityra
Eastern Black-tailed Tityra
(Tityra braziliensis)
Silver-backed Butcherbird
Silver-backed Butcherbird
(Cracticus argenteus)
Western White-throated Spadebill
Western White-throated Spadebill
(Platyrinchus albogularis)
Olive-striped Flycatcher
Olive-striped Flycatcher
(Mionectes galbinus)
Swallow Flycatcher
Swallow Flycatcher
(Hirundinea bellicosa)
Recently Updated Species
 Highlighted Otus species with full texts updated:
Oriental Scops-owl
Oriental Scops-owl
Otus sunia
Ryukyu Scops-owl
Ryukyu Scops-owl
Otus elegans
Mantanani Scops-owl
Mantanani Scops-owl
Otus mantananensis
Biak Scops-owl
Biak Scops-owl
Otus beccarii
Species with Multimedia Links
We always like to add multimedia links to the accounts to enhance the comprehension of the already detailed texts. Some of our recent favourites include links to all species of genera Cuculus, Batrachostomus, Pitta and Elminia. We hope you find them interesting and enjoyable.
Golden-collared Manakin
Explore these “Top 5” species with recently incorporated multimedia links: Madagascar Pygmy-kingfisher (Corythornis madagascariensis), Golden-collared Manakin (Manacus vitellinus), Arfak Honeyeater (Melipotes gymnops), Collared Bush-robin (Tarsiger johnstoniae) and Variable Wheatear (Oenanthe picata).
HBW Alive Features

Taxonomic structure and notes

As explained above, the Taxonomic structure and notes page contains the taxonomic structure for the entire Class Aves, from Order down to Genus. All Orders, Families, Subfamilies, Tribes and Genera are displayed in sequence and any explanatory texts on these ranks appearing in the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volumes 1 (Non-passerines) and 2 (Passerines), are included, complete with all of the bibliographical references.
With links to the Species lists and Plates for all of the families and genera, you can easily explore the species of the families or genera that interest you. You can even customize the entire page, deciding if you want to see or hide the Orders, Families, Subfamilies, Tribes, Genus and/or links. So, using this new, powerful page, you can quickly get a clear overview of all avian taxonomy and, at the same time, with just a few clicks you can dive all the way down to the species level.

This is your roadmap to the superhighway of taxonomic discovery!
Get the Most Out of My Birding

Sighted species by group

As explained in our July Newsletter, our new Analytics page brings power and control to your fingertips with all of your statistics, graphs and maps in one place!

Now a new feature has been created: Sighted species by group! In seconds you can easily see how many and which species you have seen of each genus, family and order, and you can filter the data by order and family.
Start exploring those families that interest you the most, discover the genera or families of which you have seen all of the species, and much more!
News on Birds
Ornithological News

Hummingbirds are a frequent prey of mantids

A recent review of 147 incidents of the capture of small birds by mantids (order Mantodea, family Mantidae), has documented it in 13 different countries on all continents except Antarctica. Twelve mantid species were involved in those predation records, representing 24 identified species of birds from 14 families (Acanthizidae, Acrocephalidae, Certhiidae, Estrildidae, Maluridae, Meliphagidae, Muscicapidae, Nectariniidae, Parulidae, Phylloscopidae, Scotocercidae, Trochilidae, Tyrannidae and Vireonidae) were found as prey. Most reports were from the USA, where mantids have often been seen capturing hummingbirds attracted to food sources in gardens. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) was the species most frequently reported to be captured by mantids.


Mallards can predate on birds

Predation of vertebrates by Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) seems to be a rare behaviour, only documented in a few cases in relation to fish and amphibians. Mallards are largely vegetarian, although the species is considered an omnivorous duck, which can feed on variable amounts of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates. The foraging behaviour of the Mallard was observed at a reserve in southwest Romania, where a group of Mallards comprised of one adult female and ten juvenile birds were recorded hunting, killing and consuming birds in two cases, a Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) and a Black Redstart (Phoenicurus ochruros). These are the first documented records of the hunting of birds by wild Mallards.
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Internet Bird Collection
IBC's Video of the Month
Australian Brush-turkey
A pair of Australian Brush-turkeys Alectura lathami mating!
Taken in Rocks Riverside Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on 18 July 2017.
IBC's Photo of the Month
 Campina Jay
A Campina Jay Cyanocorax hafferi perched; a species described in 2013!
Recorded in Porto Velho, Rondônia State, Brazil, on 21 July 2017.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Ethiopian Bee-eater
An Ethiopian Bee-eater Merops lafresnayii calling.

Recorded at Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia, on 8 December 2015.
New Publications

Bird Phylogeny Poster

A completely updated phylogenetic tree, incorporating the most recent molecular studies that have revolutionized our understanding of the relationships between and among the orders and families of the world’s birds.
Based on the classification presented in Bird Families of the World (Winkler, D.W. et al. 2015) and the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Vols. 1 & 2 (del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N.J. 2014, 2016), with several updates.


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