With the release of the 16th volume of the Handbook of the Birds of the World, this project has now been brought to completion. In the 20 years that have passed since this project started, a number of species genuinely new to Science have been described, and therefore are not featured in the 16 volumes of HBW. The Special Volume will cover and illustrate all these species, 55 in total with texts, plates and distribution maps in typical HBW format. The Special Volume will also include a global index to the collection, an indispensable and useful tool which will enable users to quickly find the specific species they are looking for in the more than 12,500 pages of the 16 volumes.
Foreword by BirdLife International 90 years and growing: how BirdLife went from a council of experts to everybody's global partnership. A special chapter on the history and other important aspects of the BirdLife International organization, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the BirdLife Partnership and the 90th anniversary of its predecessor, the International Council for Bird Preservation.
Macrosystematics by Jon Fjeldså A comprehensive introduction to the changes in bird macrosystematics over the past 20 years. Many changes have been made possible, mostly thanks to advances in molecular technology, which is especially useful in determining (with much more certainty than at species level) relationships in terms of orders, families and other macrosystematic groups.
The Description of New Species
A fascinating essay about the discovery of species new to Science in recent times, analyzing in depth the how, why and where of these new findings. Species Accounts of New Species Each of the 55 species is described, illustrated and shown on a distribution map, just as in the HBW Volumes.
HBW Photo Gallery
A collection of 200 stunning bird photos selected from the images presented in the HBW World Bird Photo Contest 2012, in homage to the wonderful birds of the world, to dedicated and inspiring nature photographers, as well as to our loyal and supportive HBW subscribers.
A Global index to the entire series with quick keys to rapidly find what users are looking for in the 16 HBW Volumes. The index can be searched by the scientific name, or by common names in English, French, German and Spanish.
Authors: Butchart, Stuart; Collar, Nigel; Stattersfield, Alison; Bennun, Leon
Illustrators: Arlott, Norman; Burn, Hilary; LEWINGTON, Ian; Quinn, David; Rose, Chris; Small, Brian; Worfolk, Tim.