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Handbook of the Birds of the World The major ornithological work of our time. 'We have a saying in Spain: you cannot love what you do not know. If a bird goes extinct before anyone has ever photographed it, or written about it, you do not really care. But once you have seen how beautiful and fascinating it is, you do care. We hope that now people have the facts, they will do something to save the species before it is too late.' Josep del Hoyo In an interview with BBC Wildlife Magazine 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. Acclaimed as the most remarkable publishing project on birds ever conceived and executed, it is also the first work ever to cover an entire Class of the Animal Kingdom. The series is collected by scientific organizations, birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts in over 150 countries. Essential for libraries, universities, ornithologists and birders, HBW is now on its way to becoming a valuable collector’s item. HBW BY NUMBERS FEATURES PEOPLE INVOLVED. 17 volumes.
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100,000 bibliographical references. 277 authors from 40 countries. 33 artists. 1,151 Wildlife photographers. 73 people working in editing and administration Our commitment with the Handbook of the Birds of the World series has been to carefully treat and illustrate every species of bird in the world. This task took from 1992, with the publication of Volume 1, to 2011, with the publication of Volume 16, covering the last families of birds. The series has been complemented with a Special Volume (Volume 17), published in 2013, that covers 69 species genuinely new to science that were described after the publication of their respective volumes and therefore not featured in the previous 16 volumes.
It also includes the original scientific descriptions of 15 species, all new to science, and a global index to the entire series. The material in each volume is organized systematically by family, with an introductory text on the general aspects of the group, which is generously illustrated with colour photographs.
This is followed by individual species accounts, with their accompanying distribution maps and colour plates, which illustrate all species, including all significant sexual and subspecific differences. In addition, each volume contains a foreword on a particular ornithological topic of interest. Each volume covers 300–800+ species in 600–900 pages of full-colour content with 45–81 plates of illustrations, hundreds of photographs and distribution maps, and thousands of references. Before the first volume of HBW appeared in 1992, most people gave it little chance of success. The market was saturated with bird books, and the idea of an unknown, Catalan publisher producing the definitive English-language work on birds seemed ridiculous. Indeed, the Handbook of the Birds of the World is arguably the most ambitious undertaking ever in the field of natural history publishing. The story of how it came to be is a tribute to the vision and persistence of a close-knit team.
A dream takes flight In the early 1980s, Josep del Hoyo, a country doctor from Catalonia, shared with his friend Jordi Sargatal an idea: to produce a comprehensive work covering all the world's birds. After initially questioning his friend's sanity, Sargatal eventually agreed to take on the project. Since both men lacked the funds for such an endeavour, they approached Ramon Mascort, a lawyer and entrepreneur with a great interest in books and nature. Mascort promised them financial backing. With the recruitment of Scotsman Andy Elliott—not only an ornithologist but also an expert linguist—the epic project was underway.
International acclaim When news of the project leaked out in the early 1990s, most birders were frankly sceptical, especially when finding out that the series would be produced by an unknown publishing house in Barcelona run by two Catalans and a Scotsman. The cynicism, however, turned into amazement when the first volume was released in 1992. The ornithological world was stunned, and HBW received excellent reviews in almost all of the world's specialized journals. The success of the series has been ascribed to the authoritative and well-written texts, the pervasive academic rigour, the stunning photographs and the superb illustrations. Whatever factors may have been involved, the result was an international prestige that permitted the incorporation of renowned experts from all over the world as authors for future volumes, which in turn resulted in better and better reviews for each new volume. Thanks to the collaboration of expert writers and artists, HBW has become a truly international project, drawing contributions from 277 pre-eminent specialists, 33 illustrators and 1,151 photographers from around the world.
HBW aims to be an extensive reference work to what is probably the best known of all the Classes in the Animal Kingdom. The work displays the extraordinary diversity of birds, covering aspects such as taxonomic relationships, evolutionary history, ecology, general habits, breeding strategies and the current status of populations on a global level. One of the main aims is to give comprehensive worldwide coverage from a genuinely international point of view, enhancing an appreciation of birds’ diversity on a global, rather than a regional, scale. In accord with the close link with BirdLife International, the work also seeks to emphasize status and conservation and thus contribute towards the protection of birds and their habitats. There are many books dealing with the subject of conservation, but HBW goes a step further by analysing the status and conservation of all species, not just those that are known or thought to be threatened. Given the major developments in the field of classification over the years, including DNA testing, the task of deciding the taxonomic treatment at the family level was not easy. Generally, HBW editors opted for more traditional classifications, although the most significant alternatives always receive consideration in the HBW text.
The family accounts are useful, reliable and readable essays accompanied by a generous use of colour photographs. It is accessible to the lay reader without shirking the obligations to science. The depth of information on each family, written by well-qualified experts, is comparable to the information provided in many family monographs, and the result is a rare combination of rigorous scholarship with an infectious enthusiasm for the subject. This information, separated from the texts of the species accounts, helps the reader to emphasize the similarities between related birds and also to show the range of variation.
The family text includes numerous illustrative examples that give a general idea of the members of the family, including those species about which very little is known. The family text is organized in different sections that cover the main biological aspects of birds. These are Systematics, Morphological Aspects, Habitat, General Habits, Voice, Food and Feeding, Breeding, Movements, Relationship with Man, and Status and Conservation. The family text closes with a General Bibliography. The family texts are amply illustrated with stunning full-colour photos that depict a great number of the species covered, including many that have rarely been photographed.
No stone has been left unturned to carefully select from the best work of 1,151 professionals, and the result is an array of visual imagery, informative and artistic in equal measure. The photographs have been selected primarily with the objective of illustrating aspects of biology or ecology that are mentioned or explained in the text, such as methods of thermoregulation, feeding techniques or breeding behaviour.
Pictures are accompanied by extensive and informative captions. The species accounts offer a detailed description in a condensed form of the topics covered in the family text, although they are exclusively dedicated to each of the species forming part of the family in question. They open with a heading covering the nomenclature of the species. Names are also given in French, German and Spanish. The remaining sections are Taxonomy, Subspecies and Distribution, Descriptive notes, Habitat, Food and Feeding, Breeding, Movements and Status and Conservation. A Bibliography section is included at the end of each species account.
Without exception, each species account is accompanied by a distribution map, whose function is to give a rough idea of the range of the species. The Species Accounts are appropriately illustrated with plates showing all species—including all significant sexual and subspecific differences—of all of the families covered. Since HBW does not intend to function as a field guide, illustration of plumage variation has been limited to the principally known types (male and female, and important geographical variations) without including immature and non-breeding plumages. All the birds appearing in a plate have been painted to the same scale, and they have been placed strategically to correspond with the systematic order of species in the species accounts to facilitate direct comparison. It is inevitable that a team of artists would be necessary for a project of this magnitude, but, although slight differences in style are apparent, none has fallen below a very acceptable standard, especially considering that many of the species illustrated in HBW have never been illustrated before.
The 1,030 plates, with 20,617 figures, in 17 Volumes will be a living monument to all the world's birds. The section of References at the end of each volume consists of two parts. The first, titled “References of Scientific Descriptions”, contains the bibliographical details of the original descriptions of every genus, species and subspecies accepted in HBW. The other part, the “General List of References”, includes the full references for all the citations appearing in the book. Each volume concludes with an index that lists English and scientific names with page numbers for all orders, families, genera, species and subspecies treated in the volume.
Also, the page numbers of the photographs are included and specially marked in this index. Some bird books are designed to give practical advice, while others serve as works of reference or are simply a source of sheer pleasure. In one way or another, HBW exceeds expectations at every level. It continues to hold its place as the definitive published work on the world's birdlife.
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It is the first handbook to cover every known living species of. The series is edited by Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott, Jordi Sargatal and David A Christie. All 16 volumes have been published. For the first time an animal will have all the species illustrated and treated in detail in a single work. This has not been done before for any other group in the kingdom. Material in each volume is grouped first by family, with an introductory article on each family; this is followed by individual species accounts (taxonomy, subspecies and distribution, descriptive notes, habitat, food and feeding, breeding, movements, status and conservation, bibliography). In addition, all volumes except the first and second contain an essay on a particular ornithological theme.
More than 200 renowned specialists and 35 illustrators (including, and ) from more than 40 countries have contributed to the project up to now, as well as 834 photographers from all over the world. Since the first volume appeared in 1992, the series has received various international awards. The first volume was selected as Bird Book of the Year by the magazines and, and the fifth volume was recognised as Outstanding Academic Title by, the magazine.
The seventh volume, as well as being named Bird Book of the Year by Birdwatch and British Birds, also received the distinction of Best Bird Reference Book in the 2002 This same distinction was also awarded to Volume 8 a year later in 2003. Individual volumes are large, measuring 32 by 25 centimetres (12.6 by 9.8 in), and weighing between 4 and 4.6 kilograms (8.8 and 10.1 lb); it has been commented in a review that ' book' would be a more appropriate title.
As a complement to the Handbook of the Birds of the World and with the ultimate goal of disseminating knowledge about the world's avifauna, in 2002 started the Internet Bird Collection (IBC). It is a free-access, but not free-licensed, on-line audiovisual library of the world's birds with the aim of posting videos, photos and sound recordings showing a variety of biological aspects (e.g. Subspecies, plumages, feeding, breeding, etc.) for every species. It is a non-profit endeavour fuelled by material from more than one hundred contributors from around the world. In early 2013, Lynx Edicions launched the online database HBW Alive, which includes the volume and family introductions and updated species accounts from all 17 published HBW volumes.
Since its launch, the taxonomy has been thoroughly revised and updated twice (once for non-passerines and once for passerines), following the publication of the two volumes of the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Contents. Published volumes A list of volumes of the Handbook of the Birds of the World produced to date is as follows: Volume 1: Ostrich to Ducks This volume was published in 1992. Unlike subsequent volumes, it does not have an introductory essay; instead, it has a 38-page overview by of the biology of birds and a foreword welcoming the HBW project,. Groups covered in this volume are as follows:. (ostrich). (rheas).
(cassowaries). (emu). (kiwis). (tinamous). (penguins). (loons). (grebes).
(albatrosses). (petrels and shearwaters).
(storm-petrels). (diving-petrels). (tropicbirds).
(pelicans). (gannets and boobies). (cormorants). (darters). (frigatebirds). (herons). (hamerkop).
(ibises and spoonbills). (flamingos).
(screamers). (ducks, geese and swans) Volume 2: New World Vultures to Guineafowl This volume was published in 1994. It has a foreword by on the organization of information in HBW. Groups covered in this volume are as follows:. (New World vultures). (osprey).
(hawks and eagles). (secretarybird). (falcons and caracaras). (megapodes). (chachalacas, guans and curassows). (turkeys). (grouse).
(New World quails). (pheasants and partridges). (guineafowl) Volume 3: Hoatzin to Auks This volume was published in 1996. It has an foreword by on 'art and nature'. Groups covered in this volume are as follows:.
(buttonquails). (cranes). (limpkin). (trumpeters). (rails, gallinules and coots). (finfoots). (kagu).
(sunbittern). (seriemas). (bustards). (jacanas). (painted snipes). (crab plover).
(oystercatchers). (ibisbill). (avocets, stilts). (thick-knees). (pratincoles, coursers). (plovers). (sandpipers and allies).
(plains-wanderer). (seedsnipes). (sheathbills). (skuas). (gulls). (terns).
(skimmers). (auks) Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos This volume was published in 1997. It has an introductory essay 'Species Concepts and Species Limits in Ornithology'. Groups covered in this volume are as follows:. (sandgrouse). (pigeons and doves).
(cockatoos). (parrots). (turacos). (cuckoos) Volume 5: Barn-Owls to Hummingbirds This volume was published in 1999.
It has an introductory essay 'Risk Indicators and Status Assessment in Birds'. Groups covered in this volume are as follows:.
(barn-owls). (typical owls). (oilbird). (owlet-nightjars). (frogmouths).
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(potoos). (nightjars). (swifts). (tree-swifts). (hummingbirds) Volume 6: Mousebirds to Hornbills This volume was published in 2001.
It has an introductory essay 'Avian Bioacoustics' by and. Groups covered in this volume are as follows:. (mousebirds). (trogons). (kingfishers). (todies).
(motmots). (bee-eaters). (rollers). (ground-rollers). (cuckoo-rollers). (hoopoes). (wood-hoopoes).
(hornbills) Volume 7: Jacamars to Woodpeckers This volume was published in 2002. It has an introductory essay 'Extinct Birds'. Groups covered in this volume are as follows:. (jacamars). (puffbirds). (barbets). (toucans).
(honeyguides). (woodpeckers) Volume 8: Broadbills to Tapaculos This volume was published in 2003. It has an introductory essay 'A Brief History of Classifying Birds'. Groups covered in this volume are as follows:. (broadbills).
(asities). (pittas). (ovenbirds). (woodcreepers). (typical antbirds).
(tapaculos) Volume 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails This volume was published in 2004. It has an introductory essay 'Ornithological Nomenclature'. Groups covered in this volume are as follows:. (cotingas). (manakins). (tyrant-flycatchers). (New Zealand wrens).
(scrub-birds). (lyrebirds). (larks). (swallows and martins). (pipits and wagtails) Volume 10: Cuckoo-shrikes to Thrushes This volume was published in 2005. It has an introductory essay 'The Ecology and Impact of Non-Indigenous Birds' by, and.
Groups covered in this volume are as follows:. (cuckoo-shrikes). (bulbuls). (leafbirds). (fairy-bluebirds).
(waxwings). (hypocolius). (palmchat). (dippers). (wrens). (mockingbirds and thrashers). (accentors).
(thrushes) (including chats, which are now part of the family Muscicapidae (HBW 11)) Volume 11: Old World Flycatchers to Old World Warblers This volume was published in September 2006. It has an introductory essay 'Ecological Significance of Bird Populations' by with a preface. Groups covered in this volume are as follows:. (Old World flycatchers). (batises and wattle-eyes).
(fantails). (monarch-flycatchers). (kinglets and firecrests). (gnatcatchers). (cisticolas and allies). (Old World warblers) Volume 12: Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees This volume was published in October 2007.
It includes a foreword on fossil birds. Groups covered in this volume are as follows:. (picathartes).
(babblers). (parrotbills). (Australasian babblers). (logrunners). (jewel-babblers and allies). (whistlers). (Australasian robins).
(fairy-wrens). (bristlebirds). (Australasian warblers and thornbills). (Australian chats). (sittellas). (Australasian treecreepers). (tits and chickadees) Volume 13: Penduline-tits to Shrikes This volume was published in October 2008.
It includes an introductory essay on bird migration. Groups covered in this volume are as follows:.
(penduline-tits). (long-tailed tits). (nuthatches). (wallcreeper). (treecreepers). (Rabdornis).
(sunbirds). (berrypeckers and longbills). (painted berrypeckers). (flowerpeckers). (pardalotes).
(white-eyes). (sugarbirds). (honeyeaters). (orioles). (shrikes) Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows This volume was published in October 2009. It includes the foreword 'Birding Past, Present and Future – a Global View'.
Groups covered in this volume are as follows:. (bush-shrikes). (helmet-shrikes). (vangas). (drongos). (wattlebirds). (stitchbird).
(magpie-larks). (white-winged chough and apostlebird). (woodswallows). (Bornean bristlehead). (butcherbirds). (birds-of-paradise).
(bowerbirds). (crows). (oxpeckers). (starlings). (Old World sparrows) Volume 15: Weavers to New World Warblers This volume was published in October 2010. It includes a foreword on bird conservation by, and.
Groups covered in this volume are as follows:. (weavers). (waxbills). (indigobirds). (vireos).
(finches). (i.e. Subfamily in recent taxonomies) (Hawaiian honeycreepers). (New World warblers) Volume 16: Cardinals to New World Blackbirds This volume was published in December 2011. It includes a foreword on climate change and birds.
Groups covered in this volume are as follows:. (tanagers). (cardinals). (buntings and New World sparrows). (New World blackbirds) Special Volume: New Species and Global Index This volume was published in July 2013. It includes a comprehensive introduction by on changes in bird macrosystematics and a foreword on the history of.
It covers 84 new species published more recently than their corresponding HBW volumes, including 15 scientific descriptions of newly discovered Amazonian birds. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volume 1: Non-passerines This volume was published in July 2014. It depicts all non-passerines with drawings and maps, including all extinct species since the year 1500. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Volume 2: Passerines This volume was published in December 2016. It depicts all passerines with drawings and maps, including all extinct species since the year 1500. References.
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