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1 order, 138 families, 1,351 genera, 6,585 extanct species, 58 extinct species.
1,012 pages, 440 plates, 12,100 bird illustrations and 6,638 distribution maps.
In this Checklist, with the guidance of many genetic studies and the aid of the scoring system employed to evaluate differences in morphology, vocalizations, ecology and geographical relationships, the number of taxonomic changes for the passerines has been significantly high. At present (totals may change slightly before publication), the current volume has 41 lumps and 628 splits, compared with the taxonomy presented in the HBW series. Groups with major changes in species numbers include:
1 Convenient totals for all extant and extinct taxa.
2 Each species conveniently cross-referenced to the volume and page of treatment in the HBW series.
3 Revised species names in French, German and Spanish, and other common names in English when appropriate.
4 Colour-coded subspecies groups marked to highlight distinct forms and their relationships.
5 Completely updated at the macrosystematic, genus, species and subspecies levels.
6 Changes and other relevant issues fully explained under taxonomic notes of each species.
7 Detailed descriptions of ranges for all species and subspecies.
8 Official IUCN category of each species from the 2016 BirdLife International/IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
9 Reference numbers included in text with complete bibliographical list at the end of the volume.
10 Plate layout subtly divided by species and genera for a clearer arrangement.
11 Colour illustrations for all species, including for distinctive subspecies and morphs, from the HBW series with numerous corrections and new figures.
12 Newly revised distribution maps with country borders included.
* Those included in sample page subject to change before publication.
Institutions that have adopted the taxonomy and nomenclature of the Illustrated Checklist
It continues to grow in influence and importance, especially in terms of bird conservation.
The Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA):
In its resolution on amendments to the AEWA Annexes (AEWA MOP6 DR1 Rev.1), the MOP, inter alia:
The European Union:
The European Union has adopted the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World (Volume 1) as the standard reference for bird taxonomy and nomenclature for non-passerine species. The HBW-Birdlife Checklist will be used for the updated EU bird list (see the announcement in the European Comission website). As well as the Birds Directive, this list will also be used for the implementation of the Directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law and the Directive on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage.
The United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS):
In November 2014 the HBW-Birdlife Illustrated Checklist was adopted by the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) as the standard reference for bird taxonomy and nomenclature for non-passerine species.
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.
The International Union for Conservation of Naure (IUCN), including the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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.
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.
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).
Peter Boesman: Bird vocalization expert and recorder, Editor, HBW Alive.
Guy M. Kirwan: Research Associate, Field Museum of Natural History, Editor, HBW Alive.