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HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº22, April 2016

The ABCs of the new IBC

The Internet Bird Collection (IBC) is an important sister-project to HBW Alive and most of our HBW Alive subscribers probably already know it well. For the few who haven’t fully discovered it yet, it is the most globally comprehensive website of audiovisual recordings of the birds of the world.

The stats (as of 1 April 2016) speak for themselves:
9627 species with audiovisual material; covering 96.39% of the world’s birds
103,666 videos of 8209 species; covering 82.19% of the world’s birds
178,115 photos of 9502  species; covering 95.13% of the world’s birds
16,817 sound recordings of 6146 species; covering 61.53% of the world’s birds
The IBC was founded in 2002 and has undergone many improvements and transitions over the years, but its biggest make-over is going on now. After long months of hard work, the excitement is building about the upcoming launch of the new IBC!
With the launch, the two sites—HBW Alive and IBC—will be tied even more closely together, with the IBC automatically using the very same taxonomy as HBW Alive and HBW Alive incorporating all that the IBC has to offer, while maintaining the IBC free and open to everyone. For example, from your HBW Alive personal page you will have direct access to your IBC contributor page.

The IBC multimedia links in HBW Alive will be displayed directly, instead of in a new window, increasing the speed and comfort of viewing them while you read through a species account. That way, you can have two or more open links in the same window.
The new IBC site itself will be completely revamped, inspired in the HBW Alive design, making it easier and more visually pleasing to explore the material of any family available on the IBC, and also to better enjoy the videos, photographs and sound recordings of each species.
One of the main goals of this overhaul is to improve the IBC contributor’s page, since the contributors are really what make the site possible and successful. To thank them and to show them we are responsive to their requests, we want to give them new functionalities to make the contributor’s page the easiest, most practical and fastest way to organize their own audiovisual materials and share them with others (better than any other individual system). In the new IBC, it will be faster and more convenient to look for materials as you will be able to filter them by date and country and sort them by post date, date taken, taxonomic order, species name and rating. Great new options will include Photo Galleries for every contributor or species, sorted as explained above, and Photo Slideshows. So, when you return from a birding trip, you will be able to upload and organize your photos and send an attractive slideshow to your friends – much better than a postcard!
Josep del Hoyo
Director, HBW Alive
News on HBW Alive
Species with Multimedia Links
Western Superb Fruit-dove
Currently more than 365 of the “new species” (resulting from splits) have multimedia links incorporated in their species accounts. See what we mean, for example, in the accounts of Western Superb Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus temminckii), Raiatea Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus chrysogaster), Northern Hawk-cuckoo (Hierococcyx hyperythrus) or Puna Snipe (Gallinago andina).
We have added more than 200 multimedia links to the accounts of the 15 Pteroglossus species. Enjoy them!
Pteroglossus species
Fire-tailed Myzornis
Here are some highlights of species with recently incorporated multimedia links: Marquesas Kingfisher (Todiramphus godeffroyi), Siberian Blue Robin (Luscinia cyane), Fire-tailed Myzornis (Myzornis pyrrhoura), Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina) and Ringed Warbling-finch (Poospiza torquata).
HBW Alive Features
Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology

As we explained in previous news, James A. Jobling, author of the well-known and acclaimed Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names (1991) and the Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names (2010), is generously participating in HBW Alive by incorporating an enormous amount of information related to the etymology of scientific bird names.

James has continued his tremendous work and recently completed a major round of editing, reviewing numerous entries and adding more titles to the list of References. Right now the Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology has 28,195 entries with explanations of more than 34,700 names! With over 3378 pages and 695,500 words, if printed it would be heftier than War and Peace, Les Misérables or the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Now imagine all of that at your finger-tips... Just roll your cursor over any word in a scientific name on any page of HBW Alive and discover a new and interesting subject which will enhance your knowledge of the world of birds!
Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology
Get the Most Out of My Birding
My Birding is like a deluxe toolkit for all of your birding needs. And this toolkit comes with helpful instructions... For example, did you know that you can extract detailed information from your bird sightings, Birdlists and Trips? Check out the fifth chapter of the My Birding User Manual: How to obtain precise information. You’ll find helpful tips and instructions on how to make queries about your sighted species and your bird sightings. You’ll see how easy is to filter by common name, genus, species, family and/or information related to your Birdlists, and how to create seemingly endless tailored lists, like different country lists, your species Want List for a trip, your list of endemic species seen and much more...
News on Birds
New Taxa
Ibera Seedeater
A new species of Sporophila seedeater (Emberizidae) from the Iberá Wetlands, Corrientes, NE Argentina, has been described. Its description was published independently by two separate sets of authors. One of the publications, by Bernabé López-Lanús, named the species Sporophila digiacomoi. The other team of authors, Adrián Di Giacomo and Cecilia Kopuchian, named the species Sporophila iberaensis. Both descriptions proposed the English name Ibera Seedeater. It should be mentioned that the latter team of authors registered their description with the Official Registry of Zoological Nomenclature, and they have a paper in preparation to be published in The Auk.
Photo by Carlos Figuerero
Also, a new subspecies was described of Thick-billed Grasswren (Amytornis modestus cowarie) from the Sturt Stony Desert in north-eastern South Australia.
Ornithological News
Mulga Parrot
A recent study concluded that climate change makes bills bigger in four species of Australian parrots. Measurements of museum specimens dating from 1871 to 2008 show that in four species bill surface areas have increased by 4–10% since 1871.

Other highlighted news:
White-winged Diuca-finch
Two active nests of White-winged Diuca-finch (Diuca speculifera) built directly on glacial ice and containing one and two chicks, respectively, were found in April 2014. This species seems to be the only avian species currently known to use high-elevation glaciers as nest substrate.
A literature review of 616 papers shows that the diet of the Common Barn-owl (Tyto alba) has changed significantly from 1860 to the present day and that the proportion of invertebrates taken has strongly declined over time.

First Country Reports

Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis), one photographed on 9 February 2014 east of the Snares Islands is the first record for New Zealand and the first, too, for the Southern Hemisphere.
Iberian Chiffchaff
Other interesting First Country Reports include Common Swift (Apus apus) in Puerto Rico; White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) in Colombia, first record for South America; White-browed Crake (Amaurornis cinerea) in India; Red-necked Stint (Calidris ruficollis) in Mozambique; Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) on Príncipe; Vega Gull (Larus smithsonianus vegae) in Ireland; and Iberian Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus ibericus) in Oman, first record for the Middle East.
Report photo by Dave McAdams
Read more   News on Birds   |   First Country Reports
IBC's Video of the Month
Long-tailed Bush-warbler
A male Long-tailed Bush-warbler (Bradypterus caudatus) singing;
first video of this species in the IBC.
Recorded in Mount Tagubud, Compostela Valley Province, Mindanao, Philippines, on 2 March 2016.
IBC's Photo of the Month
Rufous-tailed Antbird
A Brazilian endemic species: Rufous-tailed Antbird (Drymophila genei).
Taken in Ribeirão Grande, São Paulo State, Brazil, on 25 May 2013.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
Oriental Scops-owl
An Oriental Scops-owl (Otus sunia), subspecies nicobaricus, calling.
Recorded in Central Nicobars, Nicobar Islands, Andaman and Nicobar, on 24 February 2016.
New Publications
Flora y Fauna de Chile

Flora y Fauna de Chile
Guía de Identificación

By Sharon Chester

Spanish version of A Wildlife Guide to Chile and its territories-–Chilean Antarctica, Easter Island, San Félix and San Ambrosio, and the Juan Fernández Archipelago. An essential guide to Chile's remarkable biodiversity.

35.00€    .BUY NOW 

Pocket Photo Guide to the Birds of Peru

Pocket Photo Guide to the Birds of Peru
By Clive Byers

A country of huge scenic diversity, Peru is a birdwatcher's paradise and a popular tourist destination. It is home to about 1,800 different types of birds from the mighty Andean Condor to a dazzling variety of jewel-like hummingbirds.

This concise and easy-to-use guide features 252 of Peru's most interesting and spectacular birds, with each illustrated in full colour and with key information on identification, habitat and distribution.

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