7000 species with multimedia links!
Since the beginning of the HBW Alive project we have been adding
multimedia links in the family texts and species accounts with the goal
of enhancing the user’s experience and comprehension of the information.
For example, thanks to photos and videos the plumage differences
between different sexes, ages or subspecies can be easily studied.
Videos allow us to enjoy and better understand bird behaviours, like
feeding techniques and displays, as well as habitats where they live,
etc… And finally, thanks to videos and mainly sound recordings, the bird
calls and songs can be heard while reading their description.
The links themselves come from open-access sources all over the internet, especially from our own Internet Bird Collection (IBC);
multimedia from IBC links is conveniently displayed directly in the
text without opening a new window, which allows an easier read of the
Last month we hit the mark of 7000 species with multimedia links! “Lucky species number 7000” was Chestnut-backed Laughingthrush (Garrulax nuchalis).
Here are some highlights:
The species with the highest number of links is the Common Eider (Somateria mollissima) with a total of 52 multimedia links across all of the sections.
The species with the most links in the “Descriptive notes” section is the Great Tit (Parus major)
with 30 links. Given that it is a very common species with forty-three
subspecies, the great number of photos and videos linked in this section
showing different subspecies and morphological characteristics is very
For the “Voice” section, the Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) is the species with the most audiovisual links (eight), some of them being to amazing videos of males displaying!
The Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Ardenna pacifica)
is the species with the greatest number of links in the “Habitat”
section, with seven links to photos and videos that show its habitat
includes more than just the open sea.
One of the most recorded species is the Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis),
and the great amount of material of this species fishing and with prey
explains the high number (14) of links in the “Food and feeding”
The Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua),
a species with a lot of multimedia material from breeding colonies, is
the species with the most links—17—in the “Breeding” section.
The migratory species Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens)
has the highest total of links in the “Movements section”; eleven links
to photos and videos from North America, Europe and even Japan.
And the Critically Endangered California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus),
with nine links, is the species with the most links in the “Status and
conservation” section, many of which highlight the captive breeding and
release efforts that are being made to improve the species’
As we said in a previous newsletter,
if you are particularly interested in any specific families, genera
and/or species and you would like to see more multimedia links
incorporated in their pages, please tell us—we take requests ;).