HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº48, June 2018

New collection of Field Guides: more illustrations to be included in HBW Alive

 We are very pleased to announce that Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International are launching a new series of field guides: Lynx and BirdLife International Field Guides.
The main goal of the project is to produce an extensive collection of modern, standardized field guides, with special attention given to countries without any recent or country-level guide.
Notable highlights of the new field guides:
  • QR code for each species, linking to the Internet Bird Collection gallery of photos, videos and sounds.
  • Subspecies ranges denoted on the maps.
  • Illustrations of birds in flight, juveniles and non-breeding plumages.
  • Subspecies groups given full accounts.
  • Local species name and local conservation status included when available.
In order to facilitate their use, all of the field guides in the collection follow the same design, and this consistency extends to the taxonomy, which is that of the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. And to give more prominence to local taxa, all subspecies groups present in the region have full entries as well.
The field guides contain illustrations from the Handbook of the Birds of the World series, as well as many additional figures prepared specifically for each publication. The coverage includes males and relevant females and morphs, as well as flying waterfowl, pigeons and doves, ibises, herons, storks, shorebirds, gulls, terns and raptors, as well as a number of juvenile, immature and non-breeding plumages. Once the first title of the collection, Birds of Thailand, is published, more than 500 new illustrations will be added to HBW Alive!
Not only will HBW Alive benefit from the additional figures from the field guides, but also from updates and new information from the preparation of the titles that will be incorporated into the HBW Alive species account texts and maps.
Find out more about Birds of Thailand at the end of this Newsletter. More titles covering the Asian region are coming soon, so look for further announcements and previews!
Amy Chernasky
Field Guides Project Co-ordinator
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 Scotocercidae (Bush-warblers), Aegithalidae (Long-tailed tits) and Icteridae (New World Blackbirds).
All the while we keep adding multimedia links to the completed “new species”, with the families Corvidae (Crows and Jays), Paradisaeidae (Birds-of-paradise), Melanocharitidae (Berrypeckers and Longbills), Cnemophilidae (Satinbirds), Petroicidae (Australasian Robins) and Paridae (Tits and Chickadees) done over the last month.
Mexican Jay
Mexican Jay
(Aphelocoma wollweberi)
Spotted Berrypecker
Spotted Berrypecker
(Rhamphocharis piperata)
Red Satinbird
Red Satinbird
(Cnemophilus sanguineus)
Pacific Robin
Pacific Robin
(Petroica pusilla)
Caspian Tit
(Poecile hyrcanus)
Izu Tit
(Sittiparus owstoni)
Species with Multimedia Links
The multimedia links that we add to the accounts enhance the comprehension of the already detailed texts. Some of our recent favourites include links to all species of genera Lanius and Pytilia. Take a look!
Spotted Laughingthrush
Check out these “Top 5” species with recently incorporated multimedia links: Taiwan Blue Magpie (Urocissa caerulea), Spotted Laughingthrush (Garrulax ocellatus), Algerian Nuthatch (Sitta ledanti), Red-chested Sunbird (Cinnyris erythrocercus) and Mourning Sierra-finch (Rhopospina fruticeti).
Get the Most Out of My Birding

Your species-specific Birdlist map is here!

A few months back we explained to you the importance of adding markers to your Birdlists, which georeferences your data, and some of the advantages this has.

Now there is a new advantage in the form of a powerful filter. On the My Birdlists page you can type in the name of any species that you have seen and a map will be displayed with all of the markers of the Birdlists where you have seen that specific species. As only the Birdlists that are georeferenced are shown on the map, we encourage you to add map markers to your Birdlists (which we have made easy to do!) and to start using this new tool!
Here you can read more about this new map.
Internet Bird Collection
IBC's Video of the Month
Rufous-throated Partridge
An adult Rufous-throated Partridge Arborophila rufogularis with a chick
and then calling.
Recorded in Baihualing Ecology Tourist Zone, Baoshan, Yunnan, China (Southern),
on 5 May 2018.
IBC's Photo of the Month
Jankowski's Bunting
A male Jankowski's Bunting Emberiza jankowskii.
Taken in Jilin, China (Northern), on 24 May 2018.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Buff-fronted Quail-dove
A Buff-fronted Quail-dove Zentrygon costaricensis singing.
Recorded in Fortuna Forestal Reserve, Chiriquí Province, Panama, on 2 April 2011.
New Publications
Lynx and BirdLife International Field Guides
To be released in late July.
Birds of Thailand

Birds of Thailand

By Uthai Treesucon and Wich'yanan Limparungpattanakij

Series: Lynx and BirdLife International Field Guides

This new field guide will help you identify all 1049 species to have been recorded in the country to date, including the 20 species endemic or near-endemic to Thailand.

  • Taxonomy follows the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World.
  • Detailed texts covering status, habitat and behaviour, age, sex and geographical variation, voice, and confusion species.
  • Almost 2200 illustrations covering all species and distinctive subspecies, birds in flight, males and females, juveniles and non-breeding plumages, where appropriate.
  • QR code for each species, linking to the Internet Bird Collection gallery of photos, videos and sounds.
  • More than 1025 full-colour range maps for all species other than vagrants.
  • Well-marked subspecies groups receive full accounts, and the distributions of subspecies breeding in the region are clearly mapped.
  • Local species name and local conservation status included.

54.00 €  (regular price 60€)  .PRE-ORDER NOW 

FREE shipping worldwide


Handbook of the Mammals of the World

Volume 8: Insectivores, Sloths and Colugos

To be released in late July.

Pre-publication offer
extended until July 16th!

The penultimate volume of the Handbook of Mammals of the World covers all of the remaining orders (Cingulata, Pilosa, Afrosoricida, Macroscelidea, Scandentia, Dermaptera, and Eulipotyphla), other than bats (Chiroptera). From armadillos, sloths, and anteaters to shrews and moles, Volume 8 includes a wide variety of interesting small or medium-sized mammals from around the world. Most of them have different kinds of invertebrate and insectivorous diets, except sloths and colugos, which are arboreal herbivores and folivores.

125.00 €  (regular price 160€)  .PRE-ORDER NOW 

FREE shipping worldwide
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