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HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº24, June 2016

Incorporating recently described species and still undescribed new species

HBW Alive follows the taxonomy of the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, which currently covers non-passerine birds, but the completely updated coverage of passerine birds is advancing steadily and will be included in the forthcoming second volume. As soon as the volume is published, many changes will be applied to the passerines in HBW Alive, mostly produced by new taxonomic decisions. Also, a number of taxa that have been described very recently will be incorporated. For now, you can find them in the New species and subspecies section of HBW Alive, but they do not have species accounts. Our new initiative will change that.

Furthermore, it is inevitable that after the publication of the Checklist volumes, new species will be discovered and then described. All of these cases will first be evaluated by the HBW and BirdLife International taxonomic team and then applied to HBW Alive in periodic updates, which we will announce in due course. But our new initiative will also include these taxa so that our subscribers have access to as much information as possible.
Himalayan Forest Thrush (Zoothera salimali)
We know that these taxa, independently of the definitive treatment they will receive after being evaluated, are of interest to many HBW Alive users, particularly those who travel for birdwatching, and especially those using My Birding, the personal observation recording system of HBW Alive. For these people, including species that are not yet formally described, but have been well-known for many years—like San Isidro Owl (Strix sp. nova) and Millpo Tapaculo (Scytalopus sp. nova)—could be important, as they could be main targets in their Want Lists for trips to where the taxa are present. So, we want to make sure that nothing is missing and that all users have the information they need and can find these birds in their lists and records. Thus, we will create accounts for all of them. For undescribed species, we will start with all of those for which we have some sort of material on the Internet Bird Collection (IBC). We will also search the literature and forums to add others that may be in the same situation, and we will be eager to count on the participation of our HBW Alive subscribers.
San Isidro Owl (Strix sp. nova)
The accounts for undescribed species and new descriptions not yet evaluated taxonomically by our team will be clearly marked to indicate their provisional treatment and that they are not yet formally included in the HBW and BirdLife International Checklist.
We will try to incorporate all of the information we can obtain on these taxa, as well as links to photos, videos and sound recordings, if they exist, and we will programme them so that they appear in the lists produced by My Birding. In this way, we can maintain our taxonomic rigor (to avoid adding new species directly and later having to remove them once they are studied), while still providing useful information on the birds in question in a fast and efficient way.

Josep del Hoyo
Director, HBW Alive
News on HBW Alive
Species with Multimedia Links
Southern Rufous Hornbill
We have been busy linking multimedia material in the species accounts of the “new species“ (resulting from splits), and we are happy to say that we have completed this task for all of the non-passerines! As new material is incorporated into the Internet Bird Collection (IBC), we will keep adding links, especially to those species for which no such material is currently available.
Here are some highlights of recent species to which we have added multimedia links: White-naped Pheasant-pigeon (Otidiphaps aruensis), Southern Rufous Hornbill (Buceros mindanensis) and Southern Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Ceyx nigrirostris).
Common Black Hawk
We have also added multimedia links to species that have been lumped in the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, like the Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae), the Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus), the American Coot (Fulica americana) and the Blackish Oystercatcher (Haematopus ater).
We have added over 480 multimedia links to the accounts of the 33 Charadrius species for all you plover lovers!
Charadrius species
Flame-faced Tanager
Check out these “Top 5” species with recently incorporated multimedia links: Green Hermit (Phaethornis guy), Jamaican Owl (Pseudoscops grammicus), Chestnut-eared Laughingthrush (Ianthocincla konkakinhensis), Flame-faced Tanager (Tangara parzudakii) and Diademed Tanager (Stephanophorus diadematus).
HBW Alive Features

Visual Family Index

The Visual Family Index is a “Users’ Favourite” and it’s not hard to see why. It allows you to explore all of the bird families swiftly and easily in a very visual and colourful way. In the Header Menu place the cursor over “Families” and click on “Visual Family Index”. A new page will open and you’ll see all the bird orders in taxonomic sequence, as well as all of the families of every order, each with an illustration and the family’s scientific and English common names.
Visual Family Index
The Non-passerine orders follow the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World taxonomy, while the Passerines follow the HBW taxonomy. Once Volume 2 (Passerines) of the Illustrated Checklist is published, the new taxonomy will be applied to this order.

Each of the order names and family images and names are linked to their related HBW Alive page. So with just few clicks you can explore all of the bird orders and families of the world!
Get the Most Out of My Birding

Use My Birding as your travel agent!

Summer is arriving to the Northern Hemisphere and it’s time to travel... My Birding is at your service to help you prepare your birding trips, easily tailored to your target species in each destination. Once you’ve introduced your Birdlists in My Birding, you can go to the World List under My Birding and in the Geographic filter box type the territories you are visiting; for example, Ontario and Quebec:
Sightings: display lists
Now, by clicking “Country List”, you will get the list of all the species present in those territories, and, by clicking “Want list for this territory”, you will find out all the species that you have NOT seen that are present there!
If you have not introduced your Birdlists into My Birding, we recommend you create a World Birdlist, which is the fastest way to dive into My Birding and get some good output in the short-term. In the Step-by-step World Birdlist section of the My Birding Manual we explain how to do this.
News on Birds
Ornithological News
Blue-eyed Ground-dove
The Blue-eyed Ground-dove (Columbina cyanopis) was rediscovered in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in June 2015 when Rafael Bessa found one bird. A subsequent expedition saw up to 12 different individuals and was able to obtain photographs and voice recordings.
These new observations of this Critically Endangered species suggest that it may depend on a particular habitat type, characterized by dense bushy vegetation and sandy or stony ground.
Scripps's Murrelet
Invasive non-native mammals are the main cause of animal extinctions on islands and are one of the most important threats to remaining insular biodiversity. From 251 eradications on 181 islands, it has been found that 236 native terrestrial insular faunal species benefitted through positive demographic and/or distributional responses. Benefits included 123 recolonizations of islands by formerly extirpated native species (one mammal, 88 seabird, and 33 landbird populations of 67 species), as well as 40 new colonizations of 34 species.
Well-known examples of highly benefitted seabird species include Scripps’s Murrelet (Synthliboramphus scrippsi) and Cook’s Petrel (Pterodroma cookii).

First Country Reports

As announced in the last newsletter, the number of First Country Reports has been increasing and so has the number of followers of such news, so we decided to create a “spin-off” newsletter consisting exclusively of these reports. If you’d like to receive a weekly dose of this interesting news in your inbox, subscribe for free
Read more   News on Birds   |   First Country Reports
IBC's Video of the Month
Tristan Thrush
A Tristan Thrush (Nesocichla eremita) vocalising.
Recorded on Nightingale Island, Tristan da Cunha Archipelago, on 10 April 2016.
IBC's Photo of the Month
Male Himalayan Monal
Male Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus) proudly stands on the rocks.
Taken in Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal, on 2 May 2016.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Sedge Warbler
A Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus) singing.
Recorded in Biebrza National Park, Podlaskie Province, Poland, on 4 May 2016.
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