HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº 5, September 2014

News from HBW Alive

HBW Alive non-passerines successfully updated with the new Checklist!
  • Exciting new taxonomy: HBW Alive is now using the new taxonomy from the recently published HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World - Volume 1: Non-passerines.
    • All orders, families, genera, species and subspecies of non-passerines have been updated, including detailed taxonomic notes for each species and highlighted subspecies groups. More information on the taxonomic changes.
    • Of 462 new species, around 50 split species already have information provided for all of the sections of their accounts and our team of editors will keep working hard to fill in more over the following weeks. More information on the new texts.
  • Ranges and maps: All ranges and distribution maps have been carefully researched and updated. Compare a new map with its original version and you'll see how much more detail they have.
  • Illustrations: 242 new and 783 improved figures have been added to HBW Alive from the new Checklist.
  • Bibliography: Over 2000 references have been incorporated from the Checklist. HBW Alive goes one step further by providing a quick and easy way to see the references and access more information.
  • Sightings and checks: There are two new pages where you can review your sightings and checks and update them to coincide with the new taxonomy.
Recent News on Birds

Neocotinoid insecticides affect bird populations in the Netherlands.

July 28, 2014
Neocotinoid insecticidesBy using the national Common Breeding Bird Monitoring Scheme and surface-water quality measurements, Dutch scientists have been able to show for the first time that higher concentrations of a neocotinoid pesticide, imidacloprid, are associated with population declines in insectivorous birds.

An African freshwater fish regularly captures Barn Swallows in flight.

June 30, 2014
Barn SwallowA population of African tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus) actively preys on Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) in flight. This behaviour was discovered during a radio telemetry study and documented using a motion picture video camera at the Schroda Dam, a man-made lake in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Recently Updated Species
We are continually updating the species. Check out the latest revisions and compare them with the previous versions.
Sacred Ibis
Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans)
Chinese Goshawk
Scissor-tailed Kite (Chelictinia riocourii)
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New Taxa

Cryptic Treehunter
(Cichlocolaptes mazarbarnetti)

Cryptic TreehunterA new species of treehunter is described from a specimen that for many years had been confused with Philydor novaesi. The morphology of this specimen, collected in 1986 at Pedra Branca, Murici, Alagoas (NE Brazil), at 550 m elevation (currently the Murici Ecological Station), suggests its allocation in the genus Cichlocolaptes.

Bahian Mouse-coloured Tapaculo
(Scytalopus gonzagai)

Bahian Mouse-coloured TapaculoAn isolated population of tapaculos attributed to Scytalopus speluncae has been known from the mountains of SE Bahia state, Brazil, since the early 1990s, while a second isolated population was discovered in 1999.
IBC's Video of the Month
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus funereus)
Female extracting and eating a grub from a wattle (Acacia). Dependent young bird calling in the background.
Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Australian Capital Territory, Australia © Stephen Wallace, 8 August 2014.
IBC's Photo of the Month
 Scarlet-belted Barbet
Scarlet-belted Barbet (Capito wallacei)
Male perched on a spiny branch.
Plataforma, San Martín Department, Peru © Dubi Shapiro, 15 July 2014.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Violaceous Coucal
Violaceous Coucal (Centropus violaceus)
Garu Wildlife Management Area, New Britain, Bismarck Archipelago © Phil Gregory, 3 August 2014.
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