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HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº49, July 2018
Alive Fundació

Lynx launches Alive Fundació
for new environmental science projects

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative for the development and promotion of new and interesting projects related to the environmental sciences: Alive Fundació (Alive Foundation). Established in Barcelona, the new entity is a non-profit organisation whose founding members are Lynx Edicions and Bernat Garrigós, Biologist (Masters in Environmental Management) and underwater photographer.
SeaLife Collection
The mission of Alive Fundació is the dissemination of knowledge of the Earth’s biodiversity, and to this end the foundation has recently inaugurated its first major project: the Sealife Collection.
Based on our experience with the successful Internet Bird Collection (IBC), the Sealife Collection is a collaborative website that acts to collate, classify and display photos and videos of all the underwater species of the world. Like the IBC, the Sealife Collection site is free and open-access, making this rich material widely available to the scientific community and marine-species enthusiasts as well as underwater photographers.
 
With 240,000+ known marine species, the goal here is very ambitious and challenging, but necessary at the same time. The database that serves as the backbone for the project is the taxonomy of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), a scientific organisation of close to 300 taxonomists who specialise in different groups of underwater taxa. WoRMS and Alive Fundació have entered into a long-term partnership to share their important databases.

The Sealife Collection project accepts media from all registered contributors, above all from its target community of underwater photographers, a growing group of enthusiast divers and travellers. The website’s identification protocol is a key component of the project as users may find it difficult to classify their photos on their own due to the wide species coverage and the lack of sufficient published material on most of them. The Sealife Collection has several tools to help users verify their identifications, suggest identifications for others, and deal with undescribed and cryptic species. There are two levels of ID verification, the first by peers and editors, and the second by taxonomist editors who will certify identifications at the strictest level to allow for scientific use of the images.  Registered users can create their own folder of favourite photos, tag them as “like” or “favourite”, share comments, follow users, geotag photos, edit vernaculars and more.
 
At present, millions of underwater photos are spread across hundreds of websites and social media resources, but there is no single repository such as the IBC provides for birds. The Sealife Collection intends to fill this gap.
SeaLife Collection
Alive Fundació is planning more projects for the immediate future, so we invite you to visit the Sealife Collection and Alive Fundació websites, where you can join their mailing lists and be informed of upcoming developments.
Keep me informed about the SeaLife Collection
Bernat Garrigós, 
President, Alive Fundació
 
Josep del Hoyo
Director, Lynx Edicions
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 Timaliidae (Scimitar-babblers and allies), Pellorneidae (Ground Babblers) and Leiotrichidae (Laughingthrushes and allies).

At the same time, we are adding multimedia links to the completed “new species”, with the families Corvidae (Crows and Jays), Paridae (Tits and Chickadees), Hirundinidae (Swallows and Martins), Scotocercidae (Bush-warblers), Aegithalidae (Long-tailed tits) and Icteridae (New World Blackbirds) completed and Timaliidae (Scimitar-babblers and allies) under way.
Maghreb Magpie

Maghreb Magpie
(Pica mauritanica)
Chestnut-bellied Tit
Chestnut-bellied Tit
(Sittiparus castaneoventris)
Sri Lanka Swallow
Sri Lanka Swallow
(Cecropis hyperythra)
Hume's Bush-warbler
Hume's Bush-warbler
(Horornis brunnescens)
Grey-crowned Tit
(Aegithalos annamensis)
Black-tailed Cacique
(Cacicus flavicrissus)
Species with Multimedia Links
We are always busy adding 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 Piculus and Pericrocotus. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!
Pericrocotus
Chestnut-throated Seedeater
Check out these “Top 5” species with recently incorporated multimedia links: Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo (Coccyzus pluvialis), Black-hooded Oriole (Oriolus xanthornus), Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis), White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata) and Chestnut-throated Seedeater (Sporophila telasco).
News on Birds
New Taxa

Reunion Swiflet

 
After examining a series of specimens of swiflets from Réunion and Mauritius, with the aim of documenting any geographical variation in morphology, the authors found that specimens from Réunion clearly differ from those collected on Mauritius (the type locality) in multiple plumage and biometric characters, and that at least some of these differences are also visible in the field. They describe the Réunion population as a new subespecies, Aerodramus francicus saffordi.
 

Altai-Sayan Black Redstart

 
After examining a series of specimens in museums of Russia and Kazakhstan, the author describes a new subspecies of Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros murinus. The new subspecies is present in Altai, Tuva, northern China and western Mongolia. The main differences from the neighbouring Turkestan subspecies Phoenicurus ochruros phoenicuroides is the absence of any contrast in the colour of the head, nape and back; all of which are concolourous dark grey. After revising the distribution of the subspecies present in Central Asia, a new map with a revised distribution is offered.
 
Internet Bird Collection
IBC's Video of the Month
An Amami Thrush Zoothera major singing.
Recorded on Amami Ōshima, Ryukyu Islands, Japan, on 12 April 2018.
IBC's Photo of the Month
Red-billed Streamertail
A male Red-billed Streamertail Trochilus polytmus flying.
Taken in The Gap Cafe, Surrey County, Jamaica, on 27 February 2018.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
A Hartert's Leaf-warbler Phylloscopus goodsoni singing.
Recorded in Emei Feng, Taining County, Fujian, China (Southern), on 30 April 2018.
New Publications
Lynx and BirdLife International Field Guides
 
Available next week!
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.
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