Species Search Help.
To search for material of a specific species by consulting a general list of all of the bird families of the world according to taxonomic order, on the Home Page click on the name of any given family to view a complete list of all of the relevant species and the links to the material available. The taxonomic sequence used is that of del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. (1992-2009). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vols. 1-15. Lynx Edicions. The passerine species not yet covered by HBW follow the order established by Clements, J.F. (2000). Birds of the World. A Checklist. Ibis Publishing Company. The sequence will be updated as each new volume of HBW is released, although at any rate the two lists are currently fairly convergent.
Also a search engine has been incorporated to expedite the search for the materials of a given species the user wishes to view. No differentiation between upper and lower case letters is made and the search can be carried out with a minimum of three letters, though the chances of a successful result to the search increase when more letters are used. The results of the search are listed on a page with all of the matches that have been found and a blank list appears in the event that no matches have been made. The search currently consists of two options, which are explained below.
- by species common name
To carry out a search of bird species by English common name using a minimum of three letters of any part of the name. For example, to look up, Lesser Kestrel, either 'kestr', 'les' or 'trel' could be used.
- by species scientific name
To look up a species by the scientific name or any of the parts of the scientific name (genus or specific epithet), at least the first three letters of each of the names, separated by a space, must be entered. This search method is the most precise and, thus, the fastest.
Examples of correct entries:
- Genus and species: For Ciconia ciconia it suffices to use 'cic cic'.
- Genus: Passer -> 'pas'
- Species: 'domesticus'-> 'dom'.
Examples of incorrect entries:
- Genus and species: For Ciconia ciconia, incorrect examples include 'ciccic' - as the space between the genus and species has been omitted; 'coni cic' - as the first three letters of the genus and species names must be entered.
- Genus: Passer - it would be incorrect to use 'pa' because a minimum of three letters is required and 'sser' because the first letters of the word must be used.
You can also use the Spanish, French and German name for the species already covered by the Handbook of the Birds of the World.
Learn more on how to do this here: http://ibc.lynxeds.com/news/search-news
In short, you can perform a search using the species' Spanish, French or German name using the prefix "es", "fr" or "ge" and the species' name in that language. Here there are a few examples so you can get an idea:
es halcon: This will show you all of the species that match "halcon" in the Spanish name.
es avestruz: This will directly forward you to the species page, as only one species matches this search.
fr canard: This will show you all of the species that match "canard" in the French name.
fr mesange bleue: This will directly forward you to the species page, as only one species matches this search.
ge drossel: This will show you all of the species that match "drossel" in the German name.
ge kiebitz: This will directly forward you to the species page, as only one species matches this search.