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Discussion in 'TV, Movies, Books about Zoos & Wildlife' started by devilfish, 14 Oct 2016.

  1. devilfish

    devilfish Well-Known Member

    5 Jul 2008
    Dundee, Scotland (UK)
    I've long wanted to own the Handbook of the Birds of the World, but was a little concerned that by starting my collection it would already be outdated given that the first volumes are over 20 years old. Even with the updates it wasn't really a satisfactory arrangement.

    So this summer someone recommended using HBW alive, the online, updated version of the entire series, and I absolutely love it. I just wanted to recommend it on here. Entire plates are viewable, details in distinguishing subspecies are much more thorough than in the corresponding Mammal handbooks (as might be expected), and you can search by birds according to the countries in which you found them. Combined with links to photos, videos and audio, this is an absolutely amazing resource. Part of the site is free to access, but there are different tiers of subscription which offer more features. The site has become an invaluable resource to me, which I use more and more.

    Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive | HBW Alive
  2. Hix

    Hix Wildlife Enthusiast and Lover of Islands Premium Member

    20 Oct 2008
    Christmas Island
    Just as a warning to anyone who still wants to purchase the collection of books - stocks of Volume 11 have sold out and there are no more available from the publisher. Last time I searched none were available online. Stocks are low on several other volumes too.


  3. LaughingDove

    LaughingDove Well-Known Member

    16 May 2014
    Warsaw, Poland
    I would like to echo Devilfish's comment. I use HBW Alive a lot, and I think I've been subscribed for about a year now. Over that time it keeps on improving and updating, and is an absolutely fantastic resource.

    I also use HBW Alive for recording and keeping track of my wild bird sightings with their 'My Birding' feature, which I really like. When I first subscribed I just started at the basic subscription level which does not include access to 'My Birding', but after using the site for a few months and loving it, I upgraded to a full membership, and for me it was worth every penny. Best online subscription to anything I have ever bought.
  4. sooty mangabey

    sooty mangabey Well-Known Member

    29 Apr 2008
    Sussex by the Sea
  5. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

    16 May 2010
    Wilds of Northumberland
    Of course, from my point of view even the RRP of the books still in print is a bit absurd :p