The Species plates form one of HBW Alive’s most powerful tools, allowing you to explore the colour plates of HBW and, thus, all of the birds of the world. In the Header Menu, place the cursor on “Species” and click on “Species plates” to reach this page.
You can filter by Order, Family, Genus and Common name. You can also select the size of the figures, if you want all the figures of each species to be shown (or just one per species), if you want to see them scaled, if you want to see them in “List view”, and also the number of items shown per page (10, 25, 50, 100, 250 or 500). For example, if you want to see all the sandgrouses scaled, just type “Sandgrouse” in the Family field, mark the box for “Scaled” and then click “Apply”.
You can also search for a particular genus, for example Falco, to see the figures of all the Falco species.
If you are interested in a particular species, like the Amur Falcon (Falco amurensis), click on its plate for a bigger view. Now if you click on its name you will go to its species account.
A wonderful aspect of the Species plates is that you can click on a figure and drag it with the mouse, so you can design your own plates! Imagine you want to see all the species of the “kestrel complex”. You just select the size that you want to see the figures and if you want them scaled, and then click on the figures to move them around to compose your own plate!
With the “List View” all the figures will be displayed species-by-species vertically.
If you’re planning a trip, use the Geographical filter to see the plates of the species present in the country you will visit (see newsletter No 9). Like this, it’s very easy to see, for example, all of the woodpecker species present in Japan! Just type Japan in the Geographical filter (upper left-hand corner of the page), and then in the Species plates type “woodpeckers” in the Family field, select “Woodpeckers (Picidae)” and click “Apply”.
You can also search for curiosities, like the bird species with “Hume’s” in their common name. Typing “Hume’s” in the Common name field will quickly let you see them all.
You can even select the background colour that you prefer for viewing the plates.
Learn more about the Species plates in this tutorial video on how to use the plates.