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HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº 4, June 2014

News from HBW Alive

  • Status of content updating: During the last few weeks we have been able to update all the Storm-petrels (family Hydrobatidae), Diving-petrels (Pelecanoididae), Darters (Anhingidae), Frigatebirds (Fregatidae), Herons (Ardeidae) and Storks (Ciconiidae), and now there remain just a few species of  Albatrosses (Diomedeidae), Petrels and Shearwaters (Procellariidae), Ibises and Spoonbills (Threskiornithidae) and Flamingoes (Phoenicopteridae) in order to fully update the first volume of the Handbook of the Birds of the World. It is a major task, considering that this volume was originally published in 1992, and we have to take account of the huge number of scientific papers published since then.
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Recent News on Birds

Bermuda Petrel in the seas W of Ireland.

May 21, 2014
A Bermuda Petrel (Pterodroma cahow) was photographed from a boat c. 170 nautical miles WNW of Slea Head, Co. Kerry, Republic of Ireland, during a survey for cetaceans and seabirds, in the evening of 19 May 2014.

Elephant birds and kiwis appear to be close relatives.

June 2, 2014
The elephant birds, Family Aepyornithidae, were giant ratites native to Madagascar that became extinct probably during the 17th century. The species Aepyornis maximus was 3 m tall and weighed perhaps over 400 kg, being the heaviest of all known birds.
Recently Updated Species
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Sacred Ibis
Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
Chinese Goshawk
Chinese Goshawk (Accipiter soloensis)
 
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New Taxa

Sierra Nevada Great Grey Owl
(Strix nebulosa yosemitensis)

Sierra Nevada Great Grey OwlA phylogenetic analysis using 1920 base pairs of mitochondrial control region and NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 (nad2) revealed the central Sierra Nevada population as a distinct clade separate from other breeding populations of Great Gray Owls in western North America.

Burmeister’s Suiriri
(Suiriri suiriri burmeisteri)

Burmeister’s SuiririZimmer et al. (2001) documented two morphological and vocal forms within what was then known as Suiriri suiriri affinis, and described the short-billed form as Suiriri islerorum. However, studies of the Burmeister type material held at the Natural History Collections of the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, revealed the types of Suiriri s. affinis (Burmeister, 1856) to be the same taxon as Suiriri islerorum, which name therefore becomes a junior synonym.
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IBC's Video of the Month
Ceylon Junglefowl
Ceylon Junglefowl (Gallus lafayetii)
A short documentary about the Sri Lanka Junglefowl.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka © Thivanka Perera, 11 May 2014
IBC's Photo of the Month
Sillem's Mountain-finch
Sillem's Mountain-finch (Leucosticte sillemi)
A male on the ground.
Yeniugou Valley, Qinghai, China (Northern) © Yann Muzika, 28 May 2013.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Japanese Night-Heron
Japanese Night-Heron (Gorsachius goisagi)
Tokyo, Honshu, Japan © H.Suzuki, 13 April 2014
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