More on the First ever illustrated world bird classification – previous works have undersold avian diversity by as much as 10%

August 21, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is impressed by this cover! Seriously impressed actually! I’d love to have a sunlit room covered in wallpaper along these lines with bird feeders outside the windows and flowers planted to attract visitors.

We shall see how the books debut but it strikes me as one of the major ecological publication endeavours in recent years.

My feeling is that it will thrive!

Best!

Hugh

Message from Ade at BirdLife International begins now!

Hugh,

I look forward to good news!

The species images can be put into interesting patterns as the book cover shows!

Best wishes

Ade

EMBARGOED until 00:01 GMT Friday August 22nd 2014

First ever illustrated world bird classification – previous works have undersold avian diversity by as much as 10%

Lynx Edicíons and BirdLife International have published the first ever Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. The checklist classification uses new criteria andrecognises 462 new species which were previously treated as ‘races’ of other forms. The new total of 4,549 non-passerines implies that previous classifications have undersold avian diversity at the species level by as much as 10%.

As a result today the world has 46 ‘new’ species of parrot, 36 ‘new’ hummingbirds and 26 ‘new’ owls.

The work uses new criteria for determining which taxa qualify as species. These criteria are intended to create a level playing field, by which all bird species can be assessed easily and consistently.

‘Blue-bearded Helmetcrest’, may already be extinct

For every bird species in the world there are illustrations and distribution maps, many for the first time.

Containing 357 colour plates, 8,290 bird illustrations and 4,428 distribution maps, the first of a two-part comprehensive taxonomic review focuses on non-passerine birds – such as birds of prey, seabirds, waterbirds, parrots and owls.

Many of these prove to be highly threatened, and a few, such as the exotically named ‘Blue-bearded Helmetcrest’, may already be extinct.

Moreover, new areas of the world have been spotlighted for conservation action by this assessment. The Brazilian state of Para, containing the last fragments of the easternmost Amazonian rainforest, becomes a greater priority for conservation. Small islands between Indonesia and the Philippines, remote and little studied, become another. And the densely populated island of Java proves to hold many more unique species than were believed before, and urgently need help.

It is a work that represents yet another high point in the careers of two of the most well-known figures in the bird world: Josep del Hoyo (Director of Lynx Edicions, Editor of Handbook of the Birds of the World; HBW, the seminal 17-volume encyclopaedia) and Nigel Collar (Leventis Fellow in Conservation Biology at BirdLife International). Coming at this enterprise from different professional perspectives that mingle knowledge, experience, science and style—del Hoyo making and gathering video footage of living birds around the planet, Collar spending months in various museums in Europe and the USA—they have produced this large but elegant book just four years after agreeing on the collaboration.

This project is really two works in one. It is a complete checklist whose taxonomy incorporates the most up-to-date information and an exhaustive methodology in a systematic and consistent way. At the same time, it contains illustrations and distribution maps for every bird species in the world, many for the first time. This includes the original artwork from the Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW) series, as well as hundreds of new illustrations, all in two compact volumes.

For more information, images or interviews please contact:

Ade Long:adrian.long- tel +44 (0)1223 279812 mobile+44 (0)7779018332

Notes for Editors

1. Book samples can be viewed online at http://issuu.com/lynxeds/docs/illustrated_checklist_sample_pages/1?e=7938952%2F8827276

2. BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership. Together we are 120 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country – and growing, with almost 11 million supporters, 7000 local conservation groups and 7400 staff. Find out more at www.birdlife.org / www.facebook.com/BirdLifeInternational

3. Lynx Edicions and 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.

4. The work compiling the checklist was used by BirdLife for the 2014 IUCN Red List. Of the newly recognised bird species worryingly more than 25% of them have been listed as threatened – compared with 13% of all birds. BirdLife is the Red List Authority for birds for the IUCN Red List.

  1. The taxonomic review involved an examination of published research and museum collections, and looked at the distinctiveness of bird populations by comparing characteristics such as plumage, measurements (biometrics) and songs. The review is based on: Tobias J.A., Seddon, N., Spottiswoode C.N., Pilgrim J.D., Fishpool, L.D.C. & Collar N.J. 2010. Quantitative criteria for species delimitation Ibis, doi: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2010.01051.x

TheReporter andTheGirl: New post What Did We Learn From Ferguson?

August 21, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog welcomes this latest post from TheGirl. Racial tensions, prejudice, all good problems to be snuffed out. I think if black Americans want to show the protest freedom of speech they should stop rioting, being racist, and looting stores and running away with diapers and TVs. It undermines their moral high ground assuming they have one. Makes them look like every Asian, Anglo, racist expects them to look.

Hugh

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Brigitte’s Pick: Photos of Life

August 21, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thanks Brigitte for sending us her latest soppy, happy, “let’s enjoy life instead of sitting around feeling depressed” pick of images. I love the ostriches!

Cheers from Bangkok!

We have a new government leader here! He’s a general. I have it on good authority (street gossip) that he is a tough love sort of chap.

Thailand back on track, no soldiers in evidence. The city continues as it usually does.

Hugh

Subject: FW: Photos of Life

Brigitte’s Pick: Gotta love the people of Africa

August 21, 2014 by

Brigitte’s Pick suggests you (and me) gotta love the people of Africa. The photos from Brigitte confirm a continent-wide tradition of hard labour, bad driving and crass stupidity. If you love that sort of thing you gotta go and visit!

First ever illustrated world bird classification – previous works have undersold avian diversity by as much as 10%

August 20, 2014 by

It’s embargoed until Friday but Hugh Paxton’s Blog is far too childish and excited by this Birdlife Int initiative to wait till Friday! Birds! New birds! Ten percent more birds! New illustrations of birds! This will be great! Probably a bit expensive but great.

The embargo doesn’t prohibit me from telling you the Friday breaking news, and you can send it on.

You just can’t release it unless you feel like it.

Hugh

From: Ade Long [mailto:Adrian.Long@birdlife.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 9:24 PM
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Subject: First ever illustrated world bird classification – previous works have undersold avian diversity by as much as 10%

EMBARGOED until 00:01 GMT Friday August 22nd 2014

First ever illustrated world bird classification – previous works have undersold avian diversity by as much as 10%

Lynx Edicíons and BirdLife International have published the first ever Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. The checklist classification uses new criteria andrecognises 462 new species which were previously treated as ‘races’ of other forms. The new total of 4,549 non-passerines implies that previous classifications have undersold avian diversity at the species level by as much as 10%.

As a result today the world has 46 ‘new’ species of parrot, 36 ‘new’ hummingbirds and 26 ‘new’ owls.

The work uses new criteria for determining which taxa qualify as species. These criteria are intended to create a level playing field, by which all bird species can be assessed easily and consistently.

‘Blue-bearded Helmetcrest’, may already be extinct

For every bird species in the world there are illustrations and distribution maps, many for the first time.

Containing 357 colour plates, 8,290 bird illustrations and 4,428 distribution maps, the first of a two-part comprehensive taxonomic review focuses on non-passerine birds – such as birds of prey, seabirds, waterbirds, parrots and owls.

Many of these prove to be highly threatened, and a few, such as the exotically named ‘Blue-bearded Helmetcrest’, may already be extinct.

Moreover, new areas of the world have been spotlighted for conservation action by this assessment. The Brazilian state of Para, containing the last fragments of the easternmost Amazonian rainforest, becomes a greater priority for conservation. Small islands between Indonesia and the Philippines, remote and little studied, become another. And the densely populated island of Java proves to hold many more unique species than were believed before, and urgently need help.

It is a work that represents yet another high point in the careers of two of the most well-known figures in the bird world: Josep del Hoyo (Director of Lynx Edicions, Editor of Handbook of the Birds of the World; HBW, the seminal 17-volume encyclopaedia) and Nigel Collar (Leventis Fellow in Conservation Biology at BirdLife International). Coming at this enterprise from different professional perspectives that mingle knowledge, experience, science and style—del Hoyo making and gathering video footage of living birds around the planet, Collar spending months in various museums in Europe and the USA—they have produced this large but elegant book just four years after agreeing on the collaboration.

This project is really two works in one. It is a complete checklist whose taxonomy incorporates the most up-to-date information and an exhaustive methodology in a systematic and consistent way. At the same time, it contains illustrations and distribution maps for every bird species in the world, many for the first time. This includes the original artwork from the Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW) series, as well as hundreds of new illustrations, all in two compact volumes.

For more information, images or interviews please contact:

Ade Long: adrian.long – tel +44 (0)1223 279812 mobile+44 (0)7779018332

Notes for Editors

1. Book samples can be viewed online at http://issuu.com/lynxeds/docs/illustrated_checklist_sample_pages/1?e=7938952%2F8827276

2. BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership. Together we are 120 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country – and growing, with almost 11 million supporters, 7000 local conservation groups and 7400 staff. Find out more at www.birdlife.org / www.facebook.com/BirdLifeInternational

3. Lynx Edicions and 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.

4. The work compiling the checklist was used by BirdLife for the 2014 IUCN Red List. Of the newly recognised bird species worryingly more than 25% of them have been listed as threatened – compared with 13% of all birds. BirdLife is the Red List Authority for birds for the IUCN Red List.

  1. The taxonomic review involved an examination of published research and museum collections, and looked at the distinctiveness of bird populations by comparing characteristics such as plumage, measurements (biometrics) and songs. The review is based on: Tobias J.A., Seddon, N., Spottiswoode C.N., Pilgrim J.D., Fishpool, L.D.C. & Collar N.J. 2010. Quantitative criteria for species delimitation Ibis, doi: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2010.01051.x

Annabel’s Dog Blog choice of the week! dog, fridge

August 20, 2014 by

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Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:09 PM
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Subject: talking dog

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Where’s Charles? Merdeka Atau Mati (Surabaya 45) Full

August 18, 2014 by

A long time ago on an island faraway my brother, Charles and our friend Zask, were recruited to act in the most expensive movie Indonesia had undertaken.

Surabaya 45.

Hugh Paxton’s Blog has visited Indonesia on numerous occasions. A very large country made up of many islands. Nobody and trust me on this one, nobody! can agree on how many islands there are.

Let’s just put it at lots!

I’ve seen many things there. Volcanos erupting, Komodo dragons, a bunch of destitute drunks offering boat tours to view rotting ancestors in lakeside open coffins, delicate art, hospitality, rude Islamists, the best reef diving in the world (check Bunaken Cha Cha web site) but my brother in a tank ordering a counter attack – I hadn’t seen that!

The movie is out and has been about but for years we never found it. Now we have found it on YouTube. But we can’t find Charles. Or Zask. They should be in a tank somewhere in the movie but we can’t find them. It’s not a case of Where’s Wally? It’s a case of where’s Charles? Or where’s Zask? Or where are both of them?

If you can speak or understand Bahasa perhaps give this lengthy movie a look? Anybody who can find him (Charles) or them (Charles and Zask) and their tank might receive a prize!

Please help!

Cheers from Bangkok! Read on for the Surubaya link!

Hugh

Holiday photos

August 18, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog has just been on holiday and what would a holiday be like if you can’t send photos to everybody who didn’t have a holiday or who had spent their holiday in a Red Sea hospital vomiting and wishing they had opted for Brighton or Gravesend?

There are hundreds of holiday photos but as a supporter of the Humane Society, which rejects cruelty in all forms, I’ll only inflict three on you.

For the time being.

Like most holiday snaps they will be of little interest to anybody who doesn’t want to see a picture of my daughter with a horse,

BLOG ED NOTE: You hated that horse!

HUGH: Come on! Hardly fair! It hated me!

BLOG ED: Why didn’t you take a photo of you chasing the horse round the field waving hay and trying to get it back into the stable?

HUGH: Because I didn’t have a camera! And it took two hours to kick the horse in the way its private and sensitive parts deserved! And I don’t want to be photographed involved in acts of animal cruelty.

BLOG ED: You didn’t even catch that horse. Did you?

HUGH: Not as such. It was fleet of foot. It was a veritable Pegasus! Who’s going to catch that by waving hay and stumbling over thistles and mole hills? Anyway, Annabel and the horse – pony- got on. The donkey was the troublemaker. And all the chickens! And the guinea pigs! The rat! The tortoise! The dogs! The cats! The voles! Forget Gerald Durrell for my Family and other Animals. Visit my sister’s farm!

BLOG ED: I note that you have posted images that bear no relevance to this horse issue.

HUGH: Andy Luck, world famous wildlife photographer, my daughter, both flying a plane.

BLOG ED: I’d rather fly Air Malaysia.

HUGH: Tasteless!

Brigitte’s Pick: FW: I hate the spider one

August 15, 2014 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog agrees with Brigitte that the spider isn’t the best but the rest? Remarkable!

25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around …

1. Mustangs By Robert Glen, Las Colinas, Texas, USA

2. Expansion by Paige Bradley, New York, USA

3. The Monument Of An Anonymous Passerby, Wroclaw, Poland

4. Salmon Sculpture, Portland, Oregon, USA

5. People Of The River By Chong Fah Cheong, Singapore

6. The Shoes On The Danube Bank by Can Togay & Gyula Pauer, Budapest, Hungary

7. The Knotted Gun, Turtle Bay, New York, USA

8. Break Through From Your Mold By Zenos Frudakis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

9. Black Ghost, Klaipeda, Lithuania

10. Les Voyageurs, Marseilles, France

11. Nelson Mandela, South Africa

12. De Vaartkapoen, Brussels, Belgium

13. Cattle Drive, Dallas, Texas, USA

14. Spider, Tate Modern, London, UK

15. Hippo Sculptures, Taipei, Taiwan

16. Sinking Building Outside State Library, Melbourne, Australia

17. Iguana Park, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

18. Man At Work, Bratislava, Slovakia

19. Mihai Eminescu, Onesti, Romania

20. A Scene From The World War With Real-Size Statues, Eceabat, Turkey

21. Man Hanging Out, Prague, Czech Republic

22. Kelpies, Grangemouth, UK

23. Rundle Mall Pigs, Adelaide, Australia

24. The Unknown Official, Reykjavik, Iceland

25. The Shark, Oxford, UK

Catapaults and Bamboo Rocket Launchers, Guns And Spears: Ancient and Modern Urban Warfare Bangkok Style! Plus Beans And a Rotten Tomato

August 15, 2014 by

Originally posted on Hugh Paxton's Blog:

BAMBOO ROCKET LAUNCHERS

When I was in Sabah (Malaysian Borneo) I watched a duel fought by children with home made bamboo rockets. The Kinabatangan  river, just upstream of the delta, separated the combatants. At this stage of flow, the river was wide – perhaps 200 yards.

The missiles were coke bottles slotted into chopped bamboo stems. The impetus for the projectiles was a combination of lighter fluid and a few secret ingredients that I won’t describe. No bomb making tips available on this Blog. It’s policy!

Back to the rockets! It was harmless kid’s fun. Like stone fights or snowballing. Only with rockets. The things that made a lasting impression on me were 1. H ow far the missiles flew. 2. How simple the bamboo devices were  and 3. How incredibly excruciating it was to be injured by shrapnel.  One of the little swine on the far bank zapped my veranda. Glad he missed my head.

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