FW: HBW/Birdlife International Illustrated Checklist adopted by UN Conve

To: "Innes, Angus" <>
Subject: FW: HBW/Birdlife International Illustrated Checklist adopted by UN Convention
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:47:00 +1100
It is a lot of money for two books that will be partially out of date by the 
time they are printed. I think I will stick to the IOC list. Much more portable 
and better priced, as well as being constantly updated.

Carl Clifford

> On 8 Dec 2014, at 7:50 pm, Innes, Angus 
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> Subject: HBW/Birdlife International Illustrated Checklist adopted by UN 
> Convention
> Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:13:03 +0000
> Classification lists are a subject of endless fascination for quite a few 
> Birding Aus correspondents - mine waxes and wanes. International travel 
> birding lists and information probably attract even more space. Having those 
> groups particularly in mind, I thought the following may be of interest, as 
> well as to others who may share my inclination to use a credible hard copy 
> list that will not disappear on computer melt down.
> It is reported that during the eleventh meeting of the Council of the 
> Conference of the parties to the UN Convention on the Conservation of 
> Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) the HBW and Birdlife International 
> Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, vol 1 - Non-passerines, 
> published June 2014 by Lynx publications (Barcelona), was adopted as the 
> Convention's standard reference for bird taxonomy and nomenclature for 
> non-passerines. The resolution adopting the Checklist also requested the 
> Council of the Convention to consider adopting the second volume on 
> Passerines for similar purposes when published in 2016.
> A reviewer of the first volume, Alan Knox, in the venerable and prestigious 
> UK Birding magazine, "British Birds", (November 2014) wrote "Having a full 
> checklist  of all the non-passerine species and subspecies together with 
> illustrations and maps in one remarkable volume, simply cannot be beaten."
> For the record breakers and splitters, he comments elsewhere in the article 
> "While the authority of the text, the quality of the plates and revised 
> distribution mapping for every species are more than enough to establish this 
> as an exceptional volume, it is the authors approach to species-level 
> taxonomy that they believe is the most distinctive feature of the book.... In 
> a massive exercise , the authors have carried out a massive sweep using new 
> criteria , adding a total of 462 species since HBW, about half of which were 
> proposed by other authors after the publication of the relevant volumes (of 
> HBW). The criteria used here were published by Tobias et al (Ibis 
> 152:724-746) and they are carefully explained in the introduction"
> He does go on to qualify the "great service (done by the authors) in their 
> review of species" by instancing some species anomalies which he states 
> "serves to show that no known system can definitively identify which taxa 
> deserve to be treated as a species."
> The checklist is currently on offer from the publishers for 145 euros - with 
> an offer of Vol 2 at the same price (to be paid on publication of Vol 2 in 
> 2016) if a commitment to purchase is made now. The general sale price appears 
> to be around 185 euros. As I understand it, it distils much of its key 
> information from the volumes of HBW.
> I do not have the knowledge to engage in any debate on the science behind the 
> list adopted. I merely offer this information for the benefit of others who 
> find themselves in my position. Yes, I am getting one.
> Angus Innes.
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