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HBW Alive Newsletter
Nº23, May 2016

A weekly dose of First Country Reports

The number of First Country Reports (FCR) has been increasing and so has the number of followers of such news, so we’ve decided to give First Country Reports a life of their own... We upload First Country Reports to HBW Alive as they appear and we’ve started a “spin-off” newsletter consisting exclusively of these reports, which is sent to FCR subscribers via email every Friday. If you’d like to receive a weekly dose of this interesting news in your inbox, subscribe for free below or on the FCR page.

José Luis Copete
Editor, HBW Alive
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News on HBW Alive
Species with Multimedia Links
Samoan Fruit-dove
Currently more than 375 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 Brown-capped Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps longirostris), Geelvink Imperial-pigeon (Ducula geelvinkiana), Samoan Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus fasciatus) or  Northern Red-breasted Plover (Charadrius aquilonius).
We have added links to the accounts of the 13 Dendrocopos species. Enjoy them!
Dendrocopos species
Black-breasted Tit
Here are some highlights of species with recently incorporated multimedia links: Rufous-throated Partridge (Arborophila rufogularis), Black-thighed Puffleg (Eriocnemis derbyi), Noble Snipe (Gallinago nobilis), Black-winged Lovebird (Agapornis taranta) and Black-breasted Tit (Periparus rufonuchalis).
HBW Alive Features

The Geographic Filter: a perfect tool for trip planning...

The Geographic Filter (see upper left-hand corner of the site) is one of HBW Alive’s most powerful tools, as it allows you to filter all of the information on the site to just the species present in one or more countries that you select.

This function is very useful when preparing a trip, as it allows you to focus on the species present in the selected territories that you are going to visit. For example, if you are planning a trip to Thailand and Myanmar, and you want to know how many Hornbill species you might see, type those two countries in the Geographic Filter and click “Set”; then, in the header menu, go to Species / Species plates, type “Hornbills” in the Family box and click “Apply”. Now you have a customized plate of the Hornbills present in Thailand and Myanmar!
You will see one illustration for each of the species present, unless you want to further specify in terms of Genus or Common name. If you select the “All Figures” box, all of the figures of all the species will be displayed! To make your exploration of a large number of figures more comfortable, you can adjust “Items per page” to a larger quantity (from 50 to 500!).

If you have introduced all your bird sightings in My Birding, or created a World Birdlist or all your National Birdlists, then the Geographic Filter can help you plan your trip in another way as well. Go to My Birding / World list, which is the form Sightings: display lists. You can easily find out the species from your selected territories that you have seen by marking “YES” under “My Sightings” in the “Other filters” box. Alternatively, you can produce a list of the “lifers” that you could get there by marking “NO” under “My Sightings”.
Get the Most Out of My Birding

Have you started using My Birding?

In the “Quick Start” chapter of the My Birding User Manual, we explain how to get started with My Birding depending on the number of bird sightings you have and if your records are digitalized or not. You’ll see that it’s easy to enter your sightings, either by entering all your birdlists, creating series of National Birdlists or a single World Birdlist. As you start entering data, you’ll soon discover the power and utility of My Birding statistics and the tools to create queries about your sighted species and your bird sightings.
News on Birds
Ornithological News
Rustic Bunting
A newly-published analysis of population trends on the Scandinavian breeding grounds of Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica), combined with ringing captures at Japanese and Chinese migration stop-over sites, suggests a 75–87% decline in global population size over the last 30 years. Trends are similar to that found for Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola), now classified as globally Endangered.
Great Spotted Cuckoo
A recent study found that Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) chicks produce a malodorous cloacal secretion when they are harassed and that this may protect the entire brood against predation. As a result, nests of Carrion Crows (Corvus corone) parasitized by cuckoos have lower rates of predation-induced failure, although, among successful nests, those with cuckoo chicks fledge fewer crows. The outcome of these counterbalancing effects fluctuates between parasitism and mutualism each season, depending on the intensity of predation pressure.
Read more   News on Birds   |   First Country Reports
IBC's Video of the Month
Eurasian Bittern
A male Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) displaying.
Recorded in Taurage, Taurage County, Lithuania, on 3 May 2015.
IBC's Photo of the Month
Blue Vanga
A perched Blue Vanga (Cyanolanius madagascarinus) from Comoro Islands.
Taken in Moheli Island, Union of the Comoros, Comoro Islands, on 17 September 2015.
IBC's Sound Recording of the Month
White-rimmed Brush-finch
A White-rimmed Brush-finch (Atlapetes leucopis) singing.
Recorded in Guacamayos Ridge, Napo Province, Ecuador, on 23 August 2001.
New Publications
Aves de España

Aves de España
By Eduardo de Juana & Juan Varela

Third edition, revised and updated, of the most popular Field Guide to the identification of the birds of Spain, with more than 40,000 copies of previous editions sold.
- Updated information on all bird species present in Spanish territories.
- Updated taxonomy following the HBW and Birdlife International Illustrated Checklist of the  Birds of the World.
- 567 species, including 173 vagrants.
- Around 1,000 colour illustrations and 300+ maps.

20.00€    .BUY NOW 

Birds of New Guinea

Birds of New Guinea
Distribution, Taxonomy, and Systematics

By Bruce M. Beehler & Thane K. Pratt

This comprehensive annotated checklist of distribution, taxonomy, and systematics of the birds of New Guinea is the first formal review of this avifauna since Ernst Mayr's Checklist, published in 1941. It brings together all the systematic, taxonomic, and distributional research conducted on the region's bird families over the last 70 years.

66.00€    .BUY NOW 

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