for those of us who cannot afford the monumental ongoing Handbook of the Birds of the World by Lynx Edicions, volume one of the Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World has recently been released. Volume one is for all the non-passerines; volume two will be all the passerines (expected release date 2016). The link here HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World | Lynx Edicions has all the information, as well as sample pages. It is a complete "checklist" with a distribution map and painting of every species, including 50 extinct species. Some stats for volume one (non-passerines): 904 pages with 357 plates; 4372 extant species and 50 extinct species (plus another 49 extinct not illustrated); 8290 bird illustrations, of which 242 are brand new (i.e. not in the HBW series) and 783 being improved versions. I will definitely be getting this at some point. Current special price is 145 Euros. Regular price will be 185 Euros.