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HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº6, December 2014
This is the sixth issue of the HBW Alive newsletter. It is also the first to appear with its own name: Birds Alive, which tells us that now it hopes to have a life of its own. This represents a significant change, which goes beyond the new name. The extension of the newsletter is more than double that of any of the previous issues, whose frequency was every two months, which will now also double: Birds Alive will appear every month. The contents have also expanded, starting with the information on HBW Alive itself. The intention is to help users get the most out of the project, by highlighting components that already exist, but are often overlooked, and explaining those that will be incorporated.

But, proportionally, the largest increase will affect the content dedicated to birds in general, which until now was only a complementary part of the internal information about the project. With a greater length and double the frequency, the newsletter can offer a lot more news, including a more extensive section of “Brief News”, and new sections like "First Country Reports".

The main goal is to make Birds Alive not only a source of information about what is going on inside HBW Alive, but also the easiest and most comprehensive way to keep abreast of everything important happening in the world of birds, for everyone who is interested in birds on a certain international level. Just by taking a few minutes a month, you will be sure not to miss any species or subspecies discovery or description new to science. You can also review the new records for countries, and, since we filter the literature, both in press and digital, you can find out about the most important and interesting information recently published, all at your fingertips. We are aware that subscribers' interests often differ, so most sections of the newsletter have links to expand on the information or to access more of the same type of material, for whoever is particularly interested in that content.

All of this, every month, will be sent only to HBW Alive subscribers. If you feel this is a positive initiative, and you have friends you think would be interested, tell them about it and encourage them to join the group. We have quite a lot of exciting ideas still to develop, pending only to have the resources that a larger number of subscribers would represent. Thanks in advance and enjoy Birds Alive!

Josep del Hoyo
Director, HBW Alive
In this Newsletter
  • The Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa sodhii): a new species to science.
  • Read the “News on Birds” selection that we have compiled for you.
  • Have you heard about the First Country Reports from the last months? Find out more…
  • We have updated all of the “new species” (resulting from splits) of several Orders; check them out!
  • Have you updated your checked and sighted species under the new taxonomy? We’ll show you how.
News on Birds
New Taxa
Find here the recently described species and subspecies new to science.
Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher

Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher (Muscicapa sodhii)

A new species of Muscicapa flycatcher, which has been observed on several occasions since 1997 in Sulawesi, is described. The authors collected two specimens in central Sulawesi in 2012, and based on a combination of morphological, vocal and genetic characters they describe it, named as Muscicapa sodhii, more than 15 years after the first observations. The new species is superficially similar to the highly migratory, boreal-breeding Grey-streaked Flycatcher Muscicapa griseisticta, which winters in Sulawesi.

Perijá Foothill Elaenia (Myiopagis olallai incognita)

Cuervo et al (2014) show that three specimens collected in 1940-1951 from cloud forests of Serranía de Perijá in Venezuela, traditionally assigned to M. caniceps, represent a distinct taxon that is closer to the “Antioquia Myiopagis” (Myiopagis olallai coopmansi) and nominate M. olallai. Specimens of incognita were formerly considered vagrant individuals of M. caniceps in the green plumage morph.
Antioquia Foothill Elaenia

Antioquia Foothill Elaenia (Myiopagis olallai coopmansi)

A distinct new flycatcher of the genus Myiopagis from cloud forests of the northern Central Andes in Antioquia, Colombia, is described. Comparisons of vocalizations and external morphology, and molecular phylogenetic analyses, demonstrate that the “Antioquia Myiopagis” is a unique lineage of the M. caniceps-olallai group.
Recent News on Birds

Dagger-like structure on the bill as a sexually dimorphic weapon

Differences between females and males
One way in which secondary sexual traits can influence differential reproductive success is by playing a key role in the outcome of direct physical contests for mates. A previously undocumented trait in Long-billed Hermit (Phaethornis longirostris), a dagger-like structure at the tip of the bill, has been proposed to function as a sexually dimorphic weapon.

The study showed that variation in bill tip morphology reflected puncture capability, and males with larger and pointier bill tips were more successful in achieving lek territory tenure. The graphics in the figure show the differences between females and males, and in the males between territorial individuals and floaters. This study provides the first evidence of sexually dimorphic weapons in bird bills and stands as one of the few examples of male weaponry in birds.

Bird embryos can discriminate calls

Superb Fairy-wren
For the first time it is confirmed that birds can recognize the voice of heterospecifics and conspecifics while in the embryonic stage within the egg. Research conducted on Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) shows that embryos can learn a vocal password that has been taught to them by the attending female during incubation.

The embryos react significantly different when exposed to the broadcast of conspecific versus hetorospecific calls, as well as to the calls of novel conspecific individuals. Thus, fairy-wrens join humans as vocal-learning species during the prenatal period.
Photo by Fran Trabalon

How do birds locate sounds in the vertical plane?

How do birds locate sounds in the vertical plane?
In vertebrates, sound localization in the horizontal plane is primarily achieved by comparing phase and intensity differences between both ears, while sound localization in the vertical plane was thought to require structures that induce spectral cues by modifying the sound before it reaches the tympanum. In mammals, this is typically achieved by external ears, and in the Barn Owl, both the facial ruff and a vertical offset of the outer ear openings introduce intensity differences along the vertical plane. A recent experimental study has shown, however, that elevation-dependent sound modifications could be found in all avian heads. The explanation appears to be that at a certain frequency range, spherical objects like a bird's head not only produce an acoustic shadow, but diffract sound to add up on the opposite side, a rather well-known phenomenon known as a ‘bright spot’. That would explain why, even without external ear structures, birds have access to cues for sound localization in the vertical plane.

Rufous-thighed Kite (Harpagus diodon): a new Atlantic Forest endemic?

Rufous-thighed Kite (Harpagus diodon): a new Atlantic Forest endemic?
Rufous-thighed Kite Harpagus diodon has traditionally been regarded as the rarer cousin of the common Double-toothed Kite H. bidentatus, and was believed to be thinly-spread over almost 4 million km² of diverse types of lowland South American forest. One or two authors had intimated that it might be an austral migrant, and movements of dozens of individuals observed over the past decade gave credence to the idea. The truth has just been revealed through a painstaking bit of detective work by researchers at the Brazil's Goeldi Museum and BirdLife International. They compiled existing records, combining specimen data with observations and hundreds of digital vouchers from (chiefly) the Brazilian community portal WikiAves.
The analysis showed that seasonal movements had been obscured by misidentification and poor specimen data. Correcting the erroneous data, their suspicions were confirmed: Rufous-thighed Kite is absent from Amazonia during the Austral summer (October–March), coinciding with the timing of all nesting observations from the Atlantic Forest; after breeding, it vacates southern latitudes, so there are no records during the middle of the austral winter (June–August). Bias due to observer effort is excluded by the fact that Double-toothed Kite records show no such seasonality. So Rufous-thighed Kite is a breeding endemic to the Atlantic Forest. Given that only 12%  of this habitat remains, most of it in fragments, it is likely that populations of Rufous-thighed Kite have declined by 90% over the 20th century. This explains why encounters are so few and far between and also raises serious questions over the true conservation status of this rare raptor.

HBW and BirdLife International taxonomy officially adopted by the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)

During the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CMS (COP11), celebrated in Quito, Ecuador last November, the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World Volume 1: Non-passerines, published in July, was adopted as the CMS standard reference for bird taxonomy and nomenclature for non-passerine species.
One of the motivations behind the proposal was that agreeing upon a bird taxonomy and nomenclature to be used among the parties would facilitate the implementation of conventions and conservation tools with a direct benefit to the birds being protected. The same resolution requests the CMS Scientific Council to consider the future adoption of the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World Volume 2: Passerines, due to be published in 2016, as a standard reference for passerine bird taxonomy and nomenclature.

Logically, this taxonomy has also been adopted by BirdLife International and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), including The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Thus, the Checklist continues to grow in influence and importance, especially in terms of bird conservation.
Meanwhile, a number of reviews have been published on the Checklist.
Brief News
White-throated Needletail
1. A significant decline during 1951–2010 has been detected in the population of the White-throated Needletail (Hirundapus caudacutus) wintering in Victoria, Australia. It has been attributed to the accelerated destruction of the Siberian forests, where the birds need old trees with hollows in which to breed. Tarburton (2014).
Photo by Alex Yakovlev
Common Swift
2. The first record of the Common Swift (Apus apus) for South America has now been published: individual seen and photographed from a vessel on 12 July 2012, at 151 nautical miles off Commewijne District, Surinam. de Boer et al. (2014).
Great-Spotted Cuckoo
3. In the Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius), a brood-parasitic species that in southern Europe mainly parasitize nests of Black-billed Magpies (Pica pica), fledglings that abandon their foster parents are often fed by other adult magpies; however, a recent study has shown that this only happens if those adult magpies are currently caring for other cuckoo fledglings, otherwise they show aggressive reactions. Soler et al. (2014).
Allen's Gallinule
4. First breeding record for Allen's Gallinule (Porphyrio alleni) in the Western Palearctic: two adults and three chicks recorded in Malta in July 2014. This African species regularly reaches Europe as a vagrant. Fenech & Sammut (2014).
Adelie Penguin
5. A first global census of the Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae), achieved using a combination of ground counts and satellite imagery, has recently found a breeding population of 3.5–4.1 million breeding pairs, 53% larger than that estimated in 1993. Lynch & LaRue (2014).
Bermuda Petrel
6. The Bermuda Petrel (Pterodroma cahow) appears to visit quite often European waters: three of 12 birds fitted with data-loggers in Bermuda have spent several weeks off western Europe, at times coming fairly close to land in southern Ireland and north-western Spain. Madeiros et al. (2014).
Northern Gannet
7. The Northern Gannets (Morus bassanus) breeding in eastern Canada winter mostly along the coasts of North America; however, three of 46 geolocator-equipped birds have wintered in the African continental shelf along the coasts of Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal. Fifield et al. (2014).
Photo by Fran Trabalon
Chinese Crested Tern
8. A successful year for the critically endangered Chinese Crested Tern (Thalasseus bernsteini) in the Jiushan Islands, where during the last spring at least 20 breeding pairs were formed and no less than 13 young were fledged. BirdLife website (Retrieved from on 27 November 2014)
Photo By Aurélien Audevard
Black-winged Kite
9. The Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) bred for the first time in south-eastern Turkey in spring 2013, following first breeding records in Israel, in 2011–2012, and previous establishments in Iraq and Iran. Kirwan et al. (2014).
Photo by John A. Thompson
Cinereous Vulture
10. The occurrence of the Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) in sub-Saharan West Africa might be more regular than previously thought. Two birds ringed in Spain were recovered in Mali and Senegal, in January 1995 and January 2005, respectively, and single first-winter birds were seen in Senegal in February 2005 and February 2007. Vroege (2014).
Photo by Jesús Rodríguez-Osorio Martín
Red-fronted Macaw
11. A previously overlooked population of the endangered Red-fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys), endemic to Bolivia, has been reported from El Palmar protected area, where five adult pairs were found unusually nesting in palms. This macaw has previously been known to breed exclusively on steep cliffs. Rojas et al. (2014).
Photo by Tomasz Doroń
Gurney's Pitta
12. The Gurney's Pitta (Pitta gurneyi) population at Khao Nor Chuchi, Thailand, where the species was rediscovered in 1986, is now thought to be virtually extinct. The only prospects for the future conservation of the species lie now in the Myanmar population. Round (2014).
Photo by Jorge Chinchilla
Chestnut-vented Warbler
13. The Chestnut-vented Warbler (Sylvia subcaerulea) is an African species well-known as an excellent imitator of other bird’s songs; the repertoire of a single male has now been shown to include imitations of at least 29 different species. Peacock (2014)
Photo by Marco Valentini
Rusty-throated Parrotbill
14. First report on the nest of an endemic Chinese bird, the Rusty-throated Parrotbill (Paradoxornis przewalskii): the nest was found in June 2013 at the Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve, Sichuan. Li et al. (2014).
Photo by James Eaton
House Crows
15. A population of 15 House Crows (Corvus splendens) was discovered in Madagascar, near the coastal town of Toamasina, in January 2014. Given the potential negative impacts on the local avifauna of this invasive species, native from southern Asia, it is hoped that quick steps will be taken to eradicate it while its population is still small. Linders & Langrand (2014).
Photo by Peter Vercruijsse
Black-headed Weaver
16. A population viability analysis has been able to demonstrate that the introduced population of the Black-headed Weaver (Ploceus melanocephalus) in Iberia (Spain and Portugal) is already self-sustainable. Sanz-Aguilar et al.  (2014)
Photo by Jose Viana
Dusky Indigobird
17. A population apparently of Dusky Indigobird (Vidua funerea) has been found recently in Angola mimicking the vocalizations, and, therefore, presumably brood-parasitizing, the Dusky Twinspot (Euschistospiza cinereovinacea). Mills (2014).
Orange-throated Tanager
18. One nest of the Orange-throated Tanager (Wetmorethraupis sterrhopteron) found in south-eastern Ecuador in January 2012 is the first known to date for that species. Morrison et al. (2014).
Photo by Dusan M. Brinkhuizen
Black-headed Weaver
19. One nest of the Black-throated Flowerpiercer (Diglossa brunneiventris) found in Abancay, Peru, in November 2011 is the first discovered for that species. Vaicenbacher et al. (2014)
Photo by Manakin Nature Tours
Ortolan Bunting
20. A first-winter Ortolan Bunting (Emberiza hortulana) photographed in November 2013 at NamibRand Nature Reserve, central Namibia, constitutes the first record of the species for southern Africa and, indeed, one of the very few South of the equator. Donald (2014).
Photo by Eduardo de Juana
First Country Reports


Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis), photographed at the lagoons just north-east of Oualidia, Morocco, on 5-6th June.
Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus), one bird at Kenitra, Morocco, on 15th November.
Report photo by Thomas S. Lahlafi
Lesser Sandplover (Charadrius mongolus), a worn juvenile at Kolkheti, north of Batumi, Georgia, on 3rd September.

Spur-winged Lapwing (Vanellus spinosus), an adult at Perouges, Ain, France, on 5th August, and then at Marainville-sur-Madon, Meurthe-et-Moselle.

Pallas’s Gull (Larus ichthyaetus), a first-year photographed at Vaterland, Oslo, Norway, on 20-23rd August.

Least Tern (Sternula antillarum), one in Japan, 1st August. It was wearing a ring from North Dakota, USA.

White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus), one near Tétouan, Morocco, on 25th May.
Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus), one bird ringed at Gedser, Falster, Denmark, on 18th October.
Report photo by Anders Nielsen
Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria), one in Flores, Azores, on 23rd September.

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas), a male photographed at Trebujena, Cádiz, Spain, on 19th September.

Northern Shrike  (Lanius excubitor borealis), a first-winter on Corvo, Azores, on 19th October. It’s also the first for Western Palearctic.

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus), one bird at Kvitsǿy, Norway, on 2nd October.

Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys), a 1st-calendar-year trapped and ringed at Dabkowice, Slawno, Pomerania, Poland, on 5th October.



Trindade Petrel (Pterodroma arminjoniana), one 30 nautical miles South-east of Porth Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa, on 7th January. It is also the first for the southern African subregion.

Barau’s Petrel (Pterodroma baraui), one in Namibian waters, Namibia, on 4th February. Also the westernmost record for this species.

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), an immature photographed near the airport of Boavista, Cape Verde Islands, on 21st December 2013.

Shelley’s Oliveback (Nesocharis shelleyi) / White-collared Oliveback (Nesocharis ansorgei), the first Nesocharis olivebacks for P.R. Congo were photographed at Bilinga, in the Mayombe, on 14th February 2014; they were initially identified as Shelley’s Olivebacks, a species known only from south-east Nigeria and south-west Cameroon, but recently discovered olivebacks in Angola (Bull. African Bird Club 19(1): 94), which appear very similar to the Mayombe birds, have now been identified as White-collared Olivebacks, previously considered to be a local East African endemic.

Turkestan Shrike (Lanius isabellinus phoenicuroides), one north of Sena, on the southern banks of Zambezi river, Mozambique, on 14th January.

Middle East

Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus), an adult male at Al Ansab wetland, Oman, on 17th April.

European Herring Gull (Larus argentatus), two birds at Samsun, Turkey, on 30th January-4th February.
Wahlberg’s Eagle (Hieraaetus wahlbergi), one near Ras Shuqeir, about 120 km north of Hurghada, Egypt, on 3rd May 2013. It is also a new Western Palearctic species.
Report photo by Ahmed Waheed
Wahlberg’s Eagle
Plain Martin (Riparia paludicola), a bird ringed at Polis reedbeds, Cyprus, on 1st May.

Red-mantled Rosefinch (Carpodacus rhodochlamys grandis), one in Zhabagly, South Kazakhstan, 12th January to 9th February.



White-faced Plover (Charadrius dealbatus), one at Tai Long Wan, Hong Kong, on 26th October 2013.

Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus), one bird photographed near Ang Trapeang Thmor, Cambodia, on 3rd March.
Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki), one bird photographed at Neil Island, Andamans Islands, India, in November.
Gray's Warbler (Locustella fasciolata), one at Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong, on 2nd October 2013.


Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta brasiliensis), a male photographed at a fish farm north of Lago Agrio, Sucumbíos, Ecuador, on 5th March.

Blackish Oystercatcher (Haematopus ater), one near Chanduy, Santa Elena, Ecuador, from 20th June 2013 to 3rd January 2014.

Bonaparte’s Gull (Larus philadelphia), a first-year at the San Pablo estuary, Santa Elena, Ecuador, on 12th and 14th November 2013.

California Gull (Larus californicus), a second-year at Laguna Yahuarcocha, Imbabura,
Ecuador, from 14th February to 5th March. It is also the first documented record for South America.
Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis), four birds on the Colombian side of the Mataje river, Colombia, on 22nd March.
Bicolored Conebill (Conirostrum bicolor), a singing adult (probably male) on a young river island at Sani, Napo river, Sucumbíos, Ecuador, on 6th and 9th March.


Demey, R. (2014) Recent Reports. Bulletin African Bird Club 21(2): 239–252.
Harrison, I. & Lamsdell, C. (2014) Around the Region. Sandgrouse 36(2): 261–270. at retrieved on 24th November 2014.
Robson, C. (2014) From the Field. BirdingASIA 21: 121–127.
Kirwan, G. M., Brinkhuizen, D., Calderón, D., Davis, B., Minns, J. & Roesler, I. (2014) Neotropical Notebook: published and unpublished records. Neotropical Birding 15: 46–62.
van den Berg, A. B. & Haas, M. (2014) WP-reports. Dutch Birding 36(5): 340-350.

New Books on Birds
Birds of New Guinea

Birds of New Guinea

Bruce M. Beehler, Thane K. Pratt and Dale Zimmerman

This is a completely revised second edition of the original guide published in 1986, which was in need of an update. In the 28 years since the appearance of the first edition, great changes have come to the region: the human population has doubled and resource exploitation, such as mining and timber extraction, has increased, as well as the loss of habitat. On the other hand, the knowledge on distribution and taxonomy of the New Guinea bird species is much better now. Species believed to be extinct have been rediscovered, like Foja Parotia (Parotia berlepschi) in the remote Foja Mts, and new species for science have emerged, like Wattled Smoky Honeyeater (Melipotes carolae).
On this huge island, the world’s largest tropical one, and the smaller islands surrounding it, a total of 779 species have been recorded to date; of these, 365 are endemic (almost 60%). The taxonomic treatment of the field guide follows the work developed by the same team of authors for an ongoing handbook treating the region, as well as the most recent literature on the subject. Thus, they show some forms with very distinctive plumage as independent species, as happens with Numfor Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus maforensis) or Biak Leaf Warbler (P. misoriensis), both split from Island Leaf Warbler (P. poliocephalus).
Depicting all these species in 111 plates by the artists John C. Anderton and Szabolcs Kókay, as well as a total of 635 updated maps, the book also contains species accounts with new information about identification, voice, habits and ranges.
IBC's Video of the Month
Great Indian Bustard

Great Indian Bustard

(Ardeotis nigriceps)

Male in breeding plumage.

Solapur District, Maharashtra, India © David Stanton, 3 September 2013

IBC's Photo of the Month

Blue-billed Curassow

(Crax alberti)

Male of this Critically Endangered species (this is not a captive bird!).

El Paujil Natural Reserve, Colombia © Dusan M. Brinkhuizen, 31 August 2014

IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Painted Quail-thrush

Painted Quail-thrush

(Cinclosoma ajax)

Varirata National Park, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (mainland) © Herve Jacob, 15 October 2014
News on HBW Alive
New Species from the Checklist Updated
During the last two months, we have updated all of the “new species” (resulting from splits) of these Orders:
Chatham Albatross
Struthioniformes (Ostriches and allies, Tinamous, Kiwis), Galliformes (Megapodes, Guans and allies, Guineafowl, New World Quails, Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse), Anseriformes (Ducks, Geese, Swans), Podicipediformes (Grebes), Phoenicopteriformes (Flamingos), Columbiformes (Pigeons and Doves), Gruiformes (Rails, Gallinules, Coots, Trumpeters, Cranes), Otidiformes (Bustards), Gaviiformes (Loons/Divers), Sphenisciformes (Penguins), Procellariiformes (Storm-petrels, Albatrosses, Petrels and Shearwaters), Ciconiiformes (Storks), Pelecaniformes (Ibises, Spoonbills, Herons, Pelicans) and Suliformes (Frigatebirds, Gannets and Boobies, Darters).
Forthcoming Updates
Next month we will update all of the “new species” (resulting from splits) of these families:
Allied Owlet-nightjar
Podargidae (Frogmouths), Caprimulgidae (Nightjars and allies), Aegothelidae (Owlet-nightjars), Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles and allies) and Psittacidae (Parrots).
New Species from the Checklist with Links
Once a “new species” (resulting from a split) has been updated in HBW Alive, we add links to videos, photos and sound recordings to complement the texts. Right now we have added links in more than 115 of these new species. Here are a few recent examples:
Slender-billed Vulture
The Slender-billed Vulture (Gyps tenuirostris) is a critically endangered raptor from South-East Asia.
Cuban Kite
The Cuban Kite (Chondrohierax wilsonii) is also a critically endangered raptor, restricted to eastern Cuba.
Sinu Parakeet
The Sinu Parakeet (Pyrrhura subandina) is unfortunately a possibly extinct Psittacidae species, only present in northern Colombia.
Grey-breasted Parakeet
The Grey-breasted Parakeet (Pyrrhura griseipectus) is a critically endangered Psittacidae species from north-eastern Brazil that is increasing its population due to NGO conservation projects.
Recently Updated Species
Asian Houbara
We have added links to photos, videos and sound recordings for all the species of these families: Turacos (Musophagidae), Bustards (Otididae), Cotingas (Cotingidae) and Long-tailed Tits (Aegithalidae). Check them out!
We have also updated the texts of several species; here you have a selection of them:
Sakalava Rail
Plain-flanked Rail
Sakalava Rail (Zapornia olivieri)
Plain-flanked Rail (Rallus wetmorei)
Mato Grosso Antbird
Fire-eyed Diucon
Mato Grosso Antbird (Cercomacra melanaria)
Fire-eyed Diucon (Xolmis pyrope)
New HBW Alive Features

Review your Checks

Have you been marking species using the Check button? If so, you will want to review that the ticked species of non-passerines are still correct after the application of the new taxonomy from the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World.
On the Manage my checks page, you will see an organized list of non-passerine species that you have checked that have been split, and you can decide if you want to modify your checks or not.
Please note that we will disable the page to update the checks in the next months, so, please, review your species NOW!
Review your Checks

Review your Sightings

If you have been using My Birding, you will want to review that your sightings of non-passerines are still correct after the application of the new taxonomy from the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World.

On the Manage my sightings page, you will see an organized list of non-passerine species that you have seen that have been split, and you can decide if you want to modify your sightings or not.
Please note that we will disable the page to update the sightings in the next months, so, please, review your species NOW!

Review your Sightings
Other Useful Features

The Printable Checklist


Are you planning to go birdwatching abroad?

From the Printable Checklist page you can use the Geographical Filter to select a country to get the country’s checklist. You can customize the checklist by choosing different languages to be displayed. At the same time, you can personalize the columns and decide if you want the figures, country status and conservation status to be shown, and also if you have checked the species or not. You can even add the number of days of your trip to include a checklist line for each day.

It is also possible to select two countries, or more, and you will get a list of all the species present in the selected countries, specifying for each species its status for each country where it is present.

Printable checklist
Get the Most Out of My Birding

Do you want to know which species present in a given country have no records yet?

And the least-checked species present in a country?

Now using the Geographical Tree (horizontal bar at the bottom left of HBW Alive) you can click on a country and on the right side of the page you will find the block Least Checked Species where you will see all the species that have not been checked in My Birding, and also the 25 least-checked species!
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