Nº 52, October 2018

New illustrations from the field guide Birds of Thailand incorporated into HBW Alive

As we explained in the June Editorial, Lynx and BirdLife International have launched a new series of field guides: Lynx and BirdLife International Field Guides. The most recent title published in the collection is Birds of Thailand. This is good news for lots of reasons…

Not only is this field guide essential for birders planning a trip to Thailand, but the very creation of the book has produced 518 new figures that we have incorporated into HBW Alive.

Highlights of the Non-passerines include new illustrations of subspecies that weren’t included in the HBW series, like subspecies tickelli of Rufous-throated Partridge (Arborophila rufogularis) and figures of the male (resting and flying) and female of subspecies assimilis of Little Cuckoo-dove (Macropygia ruficeps).

Dozens of new figures of flying ducks and geese, doves, cranes, storks, ibises, spoonbills and herons have also been added to HBW Alive.

There are new illustrations of flying shorebirds and seabirds, as well as of additional plumages like adult non-breeding, immature, first winter and juvenile.
One of the groups where the greatest effort has been made is the raptors, leading to the incorporation of several new figures of flying adults, plus figures of juveniles resting or flying.
As for the Passerines, dozens of new figures—especially of subspecies not formerly included—have been uploaded to HBW Alive, adding to the enormous collection of figures already present. The HBW Alive species plates do an especially good job at illustrating the subspecific biodiversity of passerine species of South-East Asia. And with the forthcoming field guide Birds of Vietnam, due out next December, even more illustrations of passerine subspecies will be added to HBW Alive, making the site the best source of passerine figures of South-East Asia!
To explore the new illustrations, just go to Species plates, and in the Geographic filter (in the upper left-hand corner) type "Thailand" and then, in the Family box, type the family or families which interest you (e.g. Accipitridae, Scolopacidae, Charadriidae, Laridae, Falconidae, Muscicapidae, Motacillidae). This way you can easily see and enjoy the new illustrations we have incorporated!

Arnau Bonan
Editor, HBW Alive

News on HBW Alive
Updated Species from the Checklist
Updating work on the passerine splits derived from Volume 2 of the Illustrated Checklist continues, with the data for both the original "mother" species and the resulting "daughter" species being investigated, separated and completed in each case. Our most recent work has been on the families Zosteropidae (White-eyes and Yuhinas), Turdidae (Thrushes), Muscicapidae (Old World Flycatchers and Chats) and Fringillidae (Finches).

As we update the accounts, we also take the time to add multimedia links to the completed "new species". Here are some samples to browse:
Turdus rubripes
(Turdus rubripes)
Mauritius Grey White-eye
Flores Shortwing
Flores Shortwing
(Brachypteryx floris)
Yellow-browed Citril
Saipan White-eye
Saipan White-eye
(Zosterops saypani)
East African Citril
Mauritius Grey White-eye
(Zosterops mauritianus)
Yellow-browed Citril
(Crithagra frontalis)
East African Citril
(Crithagra hyposticta)
We are constantly adding multimedia links to the species accounts to enhance the comprehension of the already detailed texts. Some of our recent favourites include links to all species of genera Lophornis, Glaucidium and Pnoepyga. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!
Check out our "Top 5" picks of species with recently incorporated multimedia links: White-throated Woodcreeper (Xiphocolaptes albicollis), Ground Batis (Lanioturdus torquatus), Indochinese Wren-babbler (Rimator danjoui), Vitelline Masked Weaver (Ploceus vitellinus) and Tristram’s Bunting (Emberiza tristrami).
Ground Batis
News on Birds
Blue-throated Hillstar Oreotrochilus cyanolaemus

A new species* of the genus Oreotrochilus from the southwestern Andes of Ecuador has been described by a multinational team of authors. The new species is most similar in adult male plumage to O. stolzmanni and O. chimborazo. However, the male and female show unique combinations of plumage characters that are likely to act as social signals. Phylogenetic analyses based on mitochondrial DNA indicate that this new taxon is closely related to O. stolzmanni and O. melanogaster, whereas genetic distances and preliminary comparisons of vocalizations suggest a sister relationship with O. stolzmanni.

Read more about this new described species here!

* The validity and rank of new taxa for treatment on HBW Alive is considered "under review" within the framework of the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World until the forthcoming release of the BirdLife International Red List update later this year.

Western Parotia Parotia sefilata
A Western Parotia Parotia sefilata eating a fruit.
Recorded in West Papua (Indonesia), New Guinea.

Apolo Cotinga
A female Apolo Cotinga Phibalura boliviana at nest.
Recorded in La Paz Department, Bolivia, on 11 October 2017.
© Janos Olah
See top-rated photos

Golden Nightjar

A Golden Nightjar Caprimulgus eximius singing.

Recorded in Western Sahara, on 16 March 2018.

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