HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº46, April 2018

The use of HBW Alive figures in scientific papers, posters and media

One of the most valuable treasures of HBW Alive is the artwork coming from the Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW), the first work ever to illustrate and deal in detail with all of the living species of birds in the world.
At the base of the collection are the 20,617 figures published throughout the 17-volume HBW series. We have also added more than 1100 new figures from the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volume 1 (Non-passerines) and Volume 2 (Passerines), as well as from our recent field guides, including Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago; Greater Sundas and Wallacea, Birds of New Guinea, including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville and the Field Guide to the Birds of Machu Picchu and the Cusco Region, Peru. Thus, the collection has grown to an impressive 21,779 illustrations in HBW Alive and will continue to expand.
Not only are the illustrations beautiful, but they have great scientific value, especially as they represent the only collection of figures covering—literally—all of the bird species of the world. Thus, this is an excellent resource for scientific papers and other types of educational materials. Lynx grants authorization of the use of these copyrighted figures through an online system made available for both non-commercial and commercial use. Read more about the conditions and online request of illustrations here.
During just the last seven years, for example, we have authorized the use of HBW Alive figures over 300 times to NGOs, institutions, individuals, etc. for various uses—scientific, conservational and educational—including for research, PhD theses, papers, articles, posters, books, TV programs and documentaries, expositions and exhibits at museum and conservation/nature centres, lectures and talks and other educational resources.
Here are some examples of scientific papers that have used HBW Alive figures:
Figure 1 in Dramatic niche shifts and morphological change in two insular bird species, by Alström et al., which describes that Madanga (Madanga ruficollis), from Buru, Indonesia, and Sao Tome Short-tail (Amaurocichla bocagii), from São Tomé, Gulf of Guinea, are forest-adapted members of the family Motacillidae (pipits and wagtails).
Figure 2
Figure 2 in Molecular phylogenetics suggests a New Guinean origin and frequent episodes of founder-event speciation in the nectarivorous lories and lorikeets (Aves: Psittaciformes), by Schweizer et al., the first DNA sequence-based phylogeny of parrots known as lories and lorikeets, which concludes that the group is inferred to have originated within the last 10 million years in New Guinea, and that dispersal and founder-event speciation have been important in their diversification.
And HBW Alive figures have been used in scientific posters, like, most recently, “A complete phylogeny of the New World Jays”, by Tsai et al., which was on display at the American Ornithological Society in Tucson, Arizona.
A complete phylogeny of the New World Jays
The inclusion of HBW Alive illustrations in such materials brings them to life, in both aesthetic and scientific ways, and increases their comprehension and enjoyment. We are happy that our collection of figures can contribute to science, conservation and education in this way. Please do visit our request page if you are interested in acquiring permission for the use of illustrations in your next project.
Guy Kirwan
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.

Last month we completed all “new species” (resulting from splits) of Rhipiduridae (Fantails), Dicruridae (Drongos), Monarchidae (Monarch-flycatchers), Alaudidae (Larks) and Chloropseidae (Leafbirds), and the family Corvidae (Crows and Jays) is almost finished.

At the same time, we are adding multimedia links to the completed “new species”, with the families Rhipiduridae (Fantails), Alaudidae (Larks) and Chloropseidae (Leafbirds) completed and Monarchidae (Monarch-flycatchers) under way.
Taveuni Streaked Fantail
Taveuni Streaked Fantail
(Rhipidura rufilateralis)
Banda Fantail
Banda Fantail
(Rhipidura hoedti)
Arabian Lark
Arabian Lark
(Eremalauda eremodites)
Eastern Short-toed Lark
Eastern Short-toed Lark
(Calandrella dukhunensis)
Pohnpei Flycatcher
Pohnpei Flycatcher
(Myiagra pluto)
Blue-winged Leafbird
Blue-winged Leafbird
(Chloropsis moluccensis)
Species with Multimedia Links
We are constantly adding multimedia links to the species accounts to increase the comprehension of the already detailed texts. Some of our recent favourites include links to all species of genera Pogoniulus, Psilopogon, Aphelocephala and Leuconotopicus. Check them out!
Hildebrandt's Starling
This month's “Top 5” species with recently incorporated multimedia links are: Blue-eyed Ground-dove (Columbina cyanopis), Golden-plumed Parakeet (Leptosittaca branickii), Mountain Wren-babbler (Turdinus crassus), Hildebrandt's Starling (Lamprotornis hildebrandti), and Plushcap (Catamblyrhynchus diadema).
Internet Bird Collection
IBC's Video of the Month
White-breasted Tapaculo
A White-breasted Tapaculo Eleoscytalopus indigoticus singing below a fallen leaf.
Recorded in Intervales State Park, São Paulo State, Brazil, on 25 August 2017.
IBC's Photo of the Month
Black-bellied Crimson Finch
A male Black-bellied Crimson Finch Neochmia phaeton.
Taken in Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Northern Territory, Australia, on 10 September 2014.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
White-spotted Flufftail
A male White-spotted Flufftail Sarothrura pulchra vocalizing.
Recorded in Kakum National Park, Central Region, Ghana, on 21 March 2018.
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Birds of Chile

A Photo Guide
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