Josep del Hoyo

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Josep del Hoyo Calduch (born June 22, 1954 in Barcelona ) is a Catalan doctor, ornithologist and author. In 1989 he was one of the founders of the Lynx Edicions publishing house in Barcelona. From 1992 to 2013 he was co-editor of the Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW).


Del Hoyo received his PhD in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1977 . From 1978 to 1980 he practiced as a country doctor in Roda de Ter, a municipality in the Comarca Osona . From 1980 to 1981 he went on a 13-month bird exploration tour through 15 African countries. In 1981 he attended ornithology seminars at the Escuela Teórico-práctica de Zoología Animal y Primatología Aplicada at the Barcelona Zoo . In the 1980s, del Hoyo worked as a program director and contributor to health advisors on Spanish television and radio, including Curar-se en salut (1984) on TV3 and Catalunya Matí on the public radio station Catalunya Ràdio (1985). Curar-se en salut is also the name of a series of issues for which del Hoyo published 30 titles between 1985 and 1986. In addition to his work as a book author, del Hoyo has written numerous newspaper and journal articles, including for El País , La Vanguardia , The International English Journal (Barcelona), Periplo, Quercus and Geomundo de Miami.

In 1989, together with the ornithologist Jordi Sargatal and the businessman Ramon Mascort , del Hoyo founded the publishing house Lynx Edicions, which in the 1990s developed into a specialist in nature books in Europe and published the 17-volume encyclopedia Handbook of the Birds of the World ( 1992–2013) brought out a standard ornithological work. Del Hoyo wrote a few chapters for the HBW, including the grebes , ibises and spoonbills , flamingos and hokko families . After four years of preparation, del Hoyo published a two-volume illustrated checklist on all bird species on earth in 2014 and 2016 in collaboration with Nigel Collar . Since 2009 he has been the photo editor for the Handbook of the Mammals of the World .

Del Hoyo filmed over 4800 species of birds in over 100 countries. He wrote over 50 works, initially medical textbooks, from the mid-1980s onwards he focused on ornithological literature.

Del Hoyo is a member of the Acadèmia de Ciències Mèdiques i de la Salut de Catalunya i de Balears , the World Wildlife Fund and the IUCN . From 1988 to 1992 he was president of the Catalan nature conservation organization Lliga per a la Defensa del Patrimoni Natural ( Depana ). From 1994 to 2008 he was Vice President of the Sociedad Española de Ornitología , the Spanish partner organization of Birdlife International . Between 2005 and 2013 he served on the BirdLife International Global Committee for two terms.

Dedication names

In 2010, the German ornithologist Norbert Bahr suggested renaming the Costa Rican subspecies of the snow buzzard Pseudastur albicollis costaricensis to Buteo albicollis delhoyoi . In Bahr's view, the epithet costaricencis is already assigned to the subspecies Buteo jamaicensis costaricensis of the red-tailed buzzard according to the guidelines of the ICZN . This view is not shared, however, as Pseudastur is generally regarded as a valid genus.

Works (selection)

  • La salud y al medio ambiente, 1982
  • Guia Médica, 1983
  • Atlas Ornitólogic de Catalunya, 1984
  • Naturaleza salvaje, 1984
  • Curar-se en salut, 1985-1986, 30 titles
  • Sexuality, 1986
  • Observar Ocells a Catalunya, 1989
  • Handbook of the Birds of the World, 1992-2013
  • Medicina e salute, 1993
  • Guía visual del embarazo y del parto, 1996
  • Curassows and Related Birds, 2004 (revised new edition of the standard work of the same name by Jean Delacour and Dean Amadon from 1973)
  • HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Vol. 1: Non-Passerines, 2014
  • HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, Vol. 2: Passerines, 2016


  • Who's who in Spain, 1988: a Biographical Encyclopaedia of Sutter's International Red Series Containing Some 6,500 Biographies of Top-ranking Personalities in the Fields of Business, Politics, Science, the Arts and Entertainment , p. 293

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Lynx Edicions: About the Handbook of the Mammals of the World , accessed July 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Bahr, Norbert (2010): A new name for a species of New World hawk. In: Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 130 (3): 231-232.