Nº 54, December 2018

Lynx and BirdLife International Field Guides series

As we explained in our June Editorial, Lynx and BirdLife International have launched 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. So far, our authors and readers are happy with the new collection!

We are now proud to have in our hands the second official title of the series: Birds of Vietnam by local experts Richard Craik and Lê Quý Minh. With more than 900 species, Vietnam has 19 endemic species and subspecies groups, and another 27 near-endemic species, the largest number of any country in mainland South-East Asia, making it a great birding destination. Next month we will incorporate into HBW Alive the new illustrations that we created for this latest field guide.

And continuing in Asia, we are working hard on Birds of Japan with author Otani Chikara, one of the leading Japanese ornithologists. Japan is a paradise in winter for crane lovers and the home of several endemics, like Copper Pheasant, Okinawa Rail, Amami Woodpecker and Ryukyu Robin, and some charismatic species, like Steller’s Sea-eagle, Blakiston’s Fish-owl and Ijima’s Leaf-warbler.

We are also advancing with several other field guides for regions across the world and we will unveil them as each gets closer to publication. Next month we will announce the fourth title in the series, but for now we will leave curious readers with the following sketches prepared for its cover… Do you recognize the species? Do you know where it’s from? Take a guess!
Finally, we welcome readers’ opinions about which other countries we should cover next. You can voice your opinion by answering this survey by 15 January 2019 and we will enter you in a drawing to win 50 € worth of Lynx Edicions titles!
Arnau Bonan
Field Guides Project Co-ordinator

News on HBW Alive
Updated Species from the 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. At the same time, we are adding multimedia links to the completed "new species".

Our most recent work has been on the families Turdidae (Thrushes), Ploceidae (Weavers) and Thraupidae (Tanagers).

Here are six examples to explore:
Turdus rubripes
Claudia's Leaf-warbler
(Phylloscopus claudiae)
Mauritius Grey White-eye
Flores Shortwing
Philippine Magpie-robin
(Copsychus mindanensis)
Mauritius Grey White-eye
Flores Shortwing
Karoo Thrush
(Turdus smithi)
Mauritius Grey White-eye
Ethiopian Thrush
(Psophocichla simensis)
Caribbean Grey Saltator
(Saltator olivascens)
Northern Grey Saltator
(Saltator grandis)
 
Our work continues adding multimedia links to species accounts throughout HBW Alive to enhance the comprehension of the already detailed texts. Some of our recent favourites include links to all species of genera Chalcostigma, Vini, Loriculus and Oriolus. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!
Oriolus
Check out our "Favourite 5" species with recently incorporated multimedia links: White-bellied Erpornis (Erpornis zantholeuca), Braun's Bush-shrike (Laniarius brauni), Long-billed Tetraka (Bernieria madagascariensis), Rosy Pipit (Anthus roseatus) and Rusty-browed Warbling-finch (Microspingus erythrophrys).
Ground Batis
 
News on Birds
Climate change disrupts pattern of nest predation in Arctic shorebirds

Ongoing climate change is thought to disrupt trophic relationships, with consequences for complex interspecific interactions, yet the effects of climate change on species interactions are poorly understood, and such effects have not been documented at a global scale. A team of researchers analysed a large dataset: 38,191 nests from 237 populations, revealing that rates of nest predation in shorebirds breeding in the Arctic experienced a worldwide increase over the past 70 years. Historically, there existed a latitudinal gradient in nest predation, with the highest rates in the tropics. However, this pattern has been recently reversed in the Arctic. This increased nest predation is consistent with climate-induced shifts in predator-prey relationships.
Western Parotia
A pair of White-breasted Mesite Mesitornis variegatus duetting.
Recorded in Ankarafantsika National Park, Mahajanga Province, Madagascar,
on 17 November 2018.

Apolo Cotinga
A couple of Brown-faced Barbet Pogonornis minor.
Recorded in Mount Moco, Huambo Province, Angola, on 9 July 2018.
© Dubi Shapiro
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Golden Nightjar

A White-browed Tapaculo Scytalopus superciliaris singing.

Recorded in Tafi del Valle, Tucumán Province, Argentina, on 20 November 2018.

 
 
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