How to request illustrations from Lynx Edicions

Lynx Edicions holds the copyright for all the illustrations reproduced in the Handbook of the Birds of the World series, HBW Alive and the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. This means that we have illustrations of all the birds of the world.

We also hold the copyright for all the illustrations reproduced in the Handbook of the Mammals of the World series (except Volume 3: Primates).


If you require authorization to use our illustrations, please note that this authorization is offered subject to the following conditions:


  1. Permission is granted for one-time use only for the specific purpose indicated; and the illustrations may not be reproduced separately from this content.

Reproduction rights granted are personal to the client and may not be transferred to third parties. We do not grant permission to publish our illustrations on any website, in any mobile app or under any under any Open Access Creative Commons license.

Any further reproductions (including reprints) will require a new request, written permission from Lynx Edicions, and an additional fee.


  1. No modifications, changes or alterations may be made to the illustrations or any part thereof without Lynx Edicions’ prior written consent. Only the scale may be modified.


  1. The full credit line must appear exactly as specified by Lynx Edicions. It must be located in immediate proximity to the reproduction of the illustration(s); not only in the acknowledgements or citations sections.
  • With printed matter, it is preferred that the credit appears on the same or facing page as the illustration.
  • With films and filmstrips, it is preferred that the credit appears with the other “Sources of Illustrations.”
  • With exhibitions and public displays, it is preferred that the credit appears within the exhibition/display area.

Recommended citation:

del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (ENTER CURRENT YEAR). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on [DAY/MONTH/YEAR]).


  1. Lynx Edicions reserves the right to deny use of illustrations from its collection to any applicant.


  1. Permission will not be granted until the required fee is paid.


  1. Once the material is published, two (2) copies of the book in which the illustration(s) appears should be sent to Lynx Edicions. If the reproduction appears in any other type of format (e.g. scientific poster or paper), a link or PDF file of the page(s) is sufficient.

Attn: Illustration Authorizations
Montseny, 8
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)


Through this form, we can concede the reproduction authorization for a maximum of 50 illustrations. If you require a greater number of illustrations, please contact


Once your order has been submitted and paid, we will send you the illustration files within the following seven (7) working days.

Please note that, at present, only orders for bird illustrations can be placed online. We are working to add the mammal illustrations to the online system. In the meantime, please contact us with your request for mammal illustrations at