HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº45, March 2018

HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World officially adopted by the European Bird Census Council (EBCC)

We are proud to share the news that the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) has officially adopted the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World as their reference for nomenclature and taxonomy. It will be implemented in all of the supra-national projects coordinated by EBCC, including the forthcoming European Breeding Bird Atlas, EuroBirdPortal and Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme. The EBCC Board explains that these projects “require binding decisions on the taxonomy and nomenclature employed for the birds. This demands a classification system that is standardized, trustworthy and globally accepted, and is also likely to stand the test of time.” We are honoured that they have found our Checklist to meet such high standards and that it will be used as a tool for their important work.
The HBW-BirdLife classification system has also been adopted by the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, as well as by the European Union, most importantly for its official list of birds, which guides the Birds Directive, whose goal is to protect all of the wild bird species naturally occurring in the European Union.
We are happy to see the role that the Illustrated Checklist is playing in policy and conservation within these key institutions and, in turn, within the other organizations and programmes that they affect.
Arnau Bonan
Editor, HBW Alive
News on HBW Alive
Updated Species from the Checklist

Updated Species from the Illustrated Checklist

Our efforts continue with updating the passerine splits derived from Volume 2 of the Illustrated Checklist, both the original “mother” species and the resulting “daughter” species.

Over the last month we have completed the updates for all “new species” (resulting from splits) of the families Cinclosomatidae (Quail-thrushes and Jewel-babblers), Falcunculidae (Shrike-tits) and Pachycephalidae (Whistlers), including adding multimedia links to the completed “new species”.

Here are four examples to browse:
Western Quail-thrush
Western Quail-thrush
(Cinclosoma marginatum)
Western Shrike-tit
Western Shrike-tit
(Falcunculus leucogaster)
Rusty-breasted Whistler
Rusty-breasted Whistler
(Pachycephala fulvotincta)
Black-chinned Whistler
Black-chinned Whistler
(Pachycephala mentalis)
Species with Multimedia Links
We also continue our work adding multimedia links to the species accounts to enhance the comprehension of the already detailed texts. This month we have especially enjoyed the links to all species of genus Megascops.
Nelicourvi Weaver
Check out our “Top 5” highlights of species with recently incorporated multimedia links: Gould's Inca (Coeligena inca), Star-throated Antwren (Rhopias gularis), Black-fronted Bulbul (Pycnonotus nigricans), Nelicourvi Weaver (Ploceus nelicourvi) and Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys).
HBW Alive Features

Species Comparison Tool

HBW Alive provides many great tools, some of which allow you to dive deeper into the information coming from the HBW series and the updates incorporated in recent years in HBW Alive. One such tool is the Species Comparison functionality, which allows you to easily compare two or more species accounts.

Here you can read more about this useful option.
Species comparison tool
Internet Bird Collection
IBC's Video of the Month
Tropeiro Seedeate
A male Tropeiro Seedeater Sporophila beltoni singing; a species described in 2013!
Recorded in Santa Catarina State, Brazil, on 16 November 2016.
IBC's Photo of the Month
Gould's Inca
A male Gould's Inca Coeligena inca.
Taken in Chuspipata, La Paz Department, Bolivia, on 10 November 2017.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Blue-eyed Ground-dove
The recently rediscovered Blue-eyed Ground-dove Columbina cyanopis singing!
Recorded in Botumirim, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, on 19 February 2018.
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