Nº 59, October 2019

HBW Alive is getting a new home next year!

HBW Alive will find a new and permanent home as part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds of the World project, set to launch in early 2020. Birds of the World will be a living, scholarly publication that integrates content from several renowned ornithological resources, including HBW Alive, Birds of North America, Neotropical Birds, Bird Families of the World, and the Internet Bird Collection—Birds of the World will be the definitive resource for pursuing questions about birds. We know you will enjoy the enhancements made possible by the Lab’s expertise in developing web‐based publications, integration with the Macaulay Library’s 100‐year legacy of media archives, and the rapidly growing features of eBird to support the global birding community. And behind the project there is already a rapidly evolving team of ornithological experts working to contribute and curate new content and updates.

As a subscriber, we know that your HBW Alive account is important to you. You can trust that your account will be in good hands with the Cornell Lab.

  • There will be no gap in service for current users. HBW Alive content will continue to be available on www.hbw.com until Cornell launches the new platform in early 2020.
  • Until the new platform is launched, renewals will continue to be carried out by Lynx Edicions, who will handle the details of all existing subscriptions until further notice.
  • After the new platform launches, Cornell will honour your existing subscription for its full term.

    TWO STEPS ARE REQUIRED to ensure your existing HBW Alive account will transfer over to Birds of the World at the Cornell Lab and that you maintain access to the content. In preparation for the transition, we ask that you complete these short steps as soon as possible. You can find these steps and check if you have completed them on your HBW Alive profile page.

    1. If you do NOT have a Cornell Lab/eBird account, CREATE one now. If you are unsure if you have an account, you can CHECK by entering your email and retrieving your password at the link above
    1. MATCH your HBW Alive account with your Cornell Lab account by completing the account transition form via the link on your HBW Alive profile page.

    BONUS: Upon completing this process, subscribers will be rewarded with FREE access to the deep, scholarly content of Birds of North America—soon to become a key component in Birds of the World. So, the sooner you complete these steps, the better!

    We hope that the information presented here is clear and we look forward to sharing more details about the transition and sneak previews of the new Birds of the World platform as it develops.

    If you have any questions about the steps outlined above, feel free to contact Laura Kammermeier (birds@birdsoftheworld.org) at the Cornell Lab. She stands by ready to help you understand and navigate the transition.

    For those subscribers using the My Birding functionalities on HBW Alive, we will be in touch next week with additional steps for shifting your My Birding data over to eBird, if you choose to have us do that for you, as well as specially tailored guidance for navigating the eBird system. The HBW Alive and eBird teams are working closely to ensure a smooth transition for this facet of the project as well.

    All of us at Lynx Edicions have greatly enjoyed serving you this online Handbook of Birds of the World content and we thank you for your support of the HBW Alive project. We are very happy that HBW will stay "alive" thanks to the skills and resources of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We will do our best to see that your account is transferred in an efficient and seamless manner to its new home.


    Josep del Hoyo, Senior Editor
    Brian Sullivan, Digital Publications Lead
    News on HBW Alive
    Updated Species from the Checklist
    We are pleased to announce that we have completed the updating of the passerine splits derived from Volume 2 of the Illustrated Checklist, both the original "mother" species and the resulting "daughter" species. The last families to be completed have been Zosteropidae (White-eyes and Yuhinas), Thraupidae (Tanagers) and Fringillidae (Finches).

    At the same time, we are adding multimedia links to the completed "new species", with the families Turdidae (Thrushes), Sylviidae (Old World Warblers and Parrotbills) and Sturnidae (Starlings) completed and Fringillidae (Finches) under way.

    Here are six examples to browse:

    Chestnut-throated Solitaire
    Sylvia deserti
    African Desert Warbler
    Sylvia deserti
    Chestnut-and-black Weaver
    Chestnut-and-black Weaver
    Ploceus castaneofuscus

    Rhodopechys alienus
    African Crimson-winged Finch
    Rhodopechys alienus

    Sylvia subalpina
    Moltoni's Warbler
    Sylvia subalpina
    Carduelis caniceps
    Eastern Goldfinch
    Carduelis caniceps
    As always, we have been 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 Astrapia, Heterophasia, Plocepasser, Passer and Leucosticte. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!
    Check out our "Top 6 picks" of species with recently incorporated multimedia links:
    Streak-necked Flycatcher
    Streak-necked Flycatcher
    Mionectes striaticollis

    Spectacled Tetraka
    Spectacled Tetraka
    Xanthomixis zosterops

    Buru Honeyeater
    Buru Honeyeater
    Lichmera deningeri

    Little Yellow Flycatcher
    Little Yellow Flycatcher
    Erythrocercus holochlorus

    Yellow-throated Apalis
    Yellow-throated Apalis
    Apalis flavigularis

    Black-billed Nightingale-thrush
    Black-billed Nightingale-thrush
    Catharus gracilirostris

    News on Birds
    Alor Myzomela Myzomela prawiradilagae

    A new species of Myzomela honeyeater from the Lesser Sunda island of Alor (southeast Indonesia) has been described. The new species is phylogenetically and in plumage most closely related to Myzomela kuehni from the adjacent island of Wetar. However, it differs in important morphological, bioacoustic and ecological characteristics. The new Alor Myzomela (Myzomela prawiradilagae) is restricted to montane eucalypt woodland mostly above 900 m elevation and is currently known from few sites across the island. Based on its occurrence records and human population trends in the highlands of Alor Island, the authors recommend classification under the IUCN threat status Endangered.

    * 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.
    Ross's Gull
    A Ross's Gull Rhodostethia rosea feeding its chick.
    Recorded in Indigirka Delta, Chokurdakh, Allaikhovsky District, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Russia, on 25 June 2019.
    Palau Megapode
    A male Tanimbar Monarch Carterornis castus singing.
    Recorded in Tanimbar Islands, Lesser Sundas, Indonesia, on 20 August 2019.

    Little Rock-thrush

    A male Red Satinbird Cnemophilus sanguineus calling.

    Recorded in Kumul Lodge, Mount Hagen, Western Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea, New Guinea, on 10 September 2019.

    Volume 9: BATS

    The final volume of the Handbook of the Mammals of the World collection.

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