HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 1
Josep del Hoyo, Nigel J. Collar
David A. Christie, Andrew Elliott, Lincoln D. C. Fishpool
Published by Lynx Edicions in association with BirdLife International
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The first ever Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World is really two works in one. It is a complete checklist whose taxonomy incorporates the most up-to-date information and an exhaustive methodology (Tobias et al. 2010) in an entirely systematic and consistent way. At the same time, it contains illustrations and distribution maps for every bird species in the world. This includes the original artwork from the HBW series, as well as hundreds of new illustrations, all in two compact volumes.
HBW and BirdLife International taxonomy officially adopted by the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals:
During the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CMS (COP11), celebrated in Quito, Ecuador 4–9 November 2014, the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World Volume 1: Non-passerines was officially adopted as the CMS standard reference for bird taxonomy and nomenclature for non-passerine species. The same resolution requests the CMS Scientific Council to consider the future adoption of 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 SpeciesTM. Thus, the Checklist continues to grow in influence and importance, especially in terms of bird conservation.
What reviewers are saying about the Checklist:
“HBW Checklist is clearly in a class of its own. Having a full checklist of all the non-passerine species and subspecies, together with illustrations and maps in one remarkable volume, simply cannot be beaten.”
Alan Knox, British Birds, November 2014
“As an overall package, this checklist cannot be recommended highly enough.”
Dominic Mitchell, Birdwatch, October 2014
“This list is now a benchmark, a reference that is hard to be ignored.”
Gerard Gorman, woodpeckersoftheworld.blogspot.com, September 2014
“It will surely become the new definitive taxonomy (at least until its next update).
This checklist is huge in every way - a huge undertaking, a huge achievement and a huge product.”
Andy Stoddart, www.rarebirdalert.co.uk, August 2014
|Read this article from the June issue of World Birdwatch for some
insights into the new taxonomy and methodology of the Checklist.
Read this news release from BirdLife International.
- Volume 1 (Non-passerines) Already available!
- Volume 2 (Passerines) Publication date: 2016
Summary of Volume 1: Non-passerines
|• 35 orders|
|• 105 families|
|• 988 genera|
|• 4,372 extant species|
|Appendix 1: Extinct Species (illustrated)|
|• 50 species|
|Appendix 2: Extinct Species (without illustration)|
|• 49 species|
|Appendix 3: Reference Maps|
In this Checklist, a modern, broad version of the Biological Species Concept (BSC) has been applied, with the aid of the scoring system to evaluate differences in morphology, vocalizations, ecology and geographical relationships published in Ibis by Tobias et al. (2010)*. For the non-passerines, this has resulted in relatively few lumps (21) but a much higher number of splits, 462 in total at the time of writing, compared with the taxonomy presented in the HBW series. Groups with major changes in species numbers include:
* J.A. Tobias, N. Seddon, C.N. Spottiswoode, J.D. Pilgrim, L.D.C. Fishpool & N.J. Collar (2010). Quantitative criteria for species delimitation. Ibis. 152: 724–746.
An extensive introduction, with many illustrated examples, explains the rationale and advantages of the taxonomic system adopted in the Checklist, as well as how to use the book.
Two appendices cover all the species considered to have become extinct since 1500. The first gives full treatment, including text, illustration and former range map, for the extinct species known from complete specimens. The second provides information for the extinct species not known from complete specimens.
Large-format maps offer the reader assistance in interpreting the distribution sections. They provide both administrative and physical details, for greater clarity of use.
The Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW) is the first work ever to illustrate and deal in detail with all the living species of birds. The 17-volume encyclopaedia contains texts and illustrations from 277 authors and 33 illustrators from 40 countries. The highly acclaimed series is the starting point for this Checklist, so the project already includes the work of a large group of specialists from around the world.
About BirdLife International
BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership. Together we are 120 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country – and growing, with 13 million members and supporters, over 7,000 local conservation groups and 7,400 staff.
BirdLife’s vision is a world rich in biodiversity, where people and nature live in harmony. We are driven by our belief that local people, working for nature in their own places but connected nationally and internationally through our global Partnership, are the key to sustaining all life on this planet. This unique local-to-global approach delivers high- impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.
BirdLife is widely recognised as the world leader in bird conservation. Rigorous science informed by practical feedback from projects on the ground in important sites and habitats enables us to implement successful conservation programmes for birds and all nature. As BirdLife is the official Red List Authority for birds for the IUCN and the taxonomy presented in this Checklist is the basis for the Red List decisions, this work has important implications for conservation.
BirdLife International would like this ongoing Checklist to be as participatory, open and transparent as possible. An online system will be established where anyone interested can provide information and comments on the work, and these will be considered for future editions.
About the Authors
Josep del Hoyo: Editor, Handbook of the Birds of the World (1992–2013); Director, HBW Alive; Member, BirdLife International Global Council (2004–2013); Vice- president, Spanish Ornithological Society SEO/BirdLife (1994–2008).
Nigel J. Collar: Leventis Fellow in Conservation Biology, BirdLife International; Author, Threatened Birds of Africa and related islands (1985), Threatened Birds of the Americas (1992), Threatened Birds of Asia (2001).
David A. Christie: Assistant Editor, British Birds (1973–2002); Editor, Handbook of the Birds of the World (2003–2013); Author, Woodpeckers: An Identification Guide to the Woodpeckers of the World (1995), The Macmillan Birder’s Guide to European and Middle Eastern Birds (1996), Raptors of the World (2001, 2005).
Andrew Elliott: Editor, Handbook of the Birds of the World (1992–2013).
Lincoln D. C. Fishpool: Global Science Co-ordinator (IBAs), BirdLife International; Author, Important Bird Areas in Africa and Associated Islands: Priority Sites for Conservation (2001).
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