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Ornithological Journals

The birding community have a number of magazines to serve their needs and there are even a few such magazines that address problems in ornithology. However, most ornithological work will be published in the form of scientific papers in recognised journals.

Descriptions of new species and reclassification of existing ones are meat for such journals as are studies of behaviour, habitat needs, conservation and much more. In fact a species is not recognised as such until an article has been published in a recognised journal.

Listed on these pages are some of the most important journals and some portals for access to the huge amount of archived material for study by ornithologists and others.

These 'Portals' include a number of archives that house vast numbers of scientific magazine titles and access to the individual journal or article within them… sometimes free, sometimes with a payment per article and some, like our sponsor JSTOR where affiliate institutions or individuals can apply for a pass for an annual fee so as toy be able to access their archives on line. As a regular researcher I find these very useful sources.

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Acta Ornithologica


Publishes scientific papers (original research reports, reviews, short notes, etc.) and announcements from all fields of ornithology. All manuscripts are peer-reviewed. Established in 1933 as Acta Ornithologica Musei Zoologici Polonici, since 1953 continued under the present title…



Journal of the Hungarian Institute for Ornithology…



Members of the Netherlands Ornithologist Union receive a printed copy of ARDEA as part of their membership and have full digital access…

Audubon Magazine


Distributed to members…

Avian Biology Research


Avian Conservation and Ecology (ACE)


Canadian Ornithology



Magazine of the American Birding Association…

British Birds


British Birds publishes ground-breaking articles on identification, distribution, migration, conservation and taxonomy, and is the place to report significant ornithological sightings and events. The publication is widely regarded as the bird journal of record in Great Britain…



Caluta is a free birdwatching and ornithological journal distributed on the web with bird studies, including, but not limited to, identification articles.



The journal of the DVOC (Cassinia is named in honor of American ornithologist John Cassin). It has been published periodically beginning in 1901 and is comprised of papers relating to ornithology of eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware…



"Corella" is a fully-refereed journal of Australasian ornithological research. It is published four times a year by the Association in March, June, September and December. All members receive a copy. From March 2014, Corella has been published on-line available to members only, with a yearly compilation hard-copy published in December each year and posted to each member. After two years, each edition will be moved to the public area of the website, where all copies of Corella, and it's predecessor, The Australian Bird Bander, will be made available…



Cotinga is the journal of the Neotropical Bird Club…

Dutch Birding


The magazine of Dutch Birding Association…

El Hornero


The Journal of Argentina's ornithology…



The Elepaio is a bimonthly publication of the Hawaii Audubon Society that contains peer-reviewed scientific articles, updates on local environmental issues, and HAS activities listings. Published since 1939, the 'Elepaio serves as a historical record of conservation research, activities, news, and notes in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific. Click on the links below to access PDF documents of our latest issues….

Emu - Austral Ornithology


Emu - Austral Ornithology has been the flagship of BirdLife Australia for over a century. It is the premier journal for research and reviews on ornithological studies relating to the Southern Hemisphere and adjacent tropics…



Forktail is the Journal of Asian Ornithology published by Oriental Bird Club once a year. OBC members receive Forktail as a membership benefit….



The British Ornithologists' Union’s international journal of avian science - Ibis publishes original papers, reviews and short communications reflecting the forefront of research activity in ornithological science, but with special emphasis on the conservation, ecology, ethology and systematics of birds…

Journal of Avian Biology


Since its inception in 1970 by the Scandinavian Ornitholists´ Union, the journal Ornis Scandinavica gradually became a truly international publication attracting subscribers and contributors from all over the world. To endorse this global perspective, in 1994 the journal´s name was was changed to "Journal of Avian Biology". Currently, there are 6 issues/year. The print run is about 600 pages per annum….

Journal of Ornithology


The Journal of Ornithology (formerly Journal für Ornithologie) is a scientific journal published by Springer Science+Business Media on behalf of the Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft. It was founded by Jean Cabanis in 1853, becoming the official journal of the Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft in 1854…

Living Bird


Living Bird is a quarterly magazine published by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Although not a peer-reviewed scientific journal, the editor, Tim Gallagher describes the purpose of the magazine as "bridging the divide between the scientist and the bird enthusiast"…

Notornis (& Southern Bird)


The Ornithological Society of New Zealand (OSNZ) was founded in 1940. It is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the study of birds and their habitats in the New Zealand region. It caters for a wide variety of people interested in the birds of the region, from professional ornithologists to casual birdwatchers. It publishes a peer-reviewed quarterly scientific journal, Notornis, as well as a quarterly news magazine, Southern Bird. It also organises membership-based scientific projects, such as the Atlas of Bird Distribution in New Zealand….

Ornis Hungarica


Scientific Journal of the BirdLife Hungary…

Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology


Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology is a scientific journal published by NISC in association with BirdLife South Africa. Ostrich is an international journal that publishes papers in the general field of ornithology in Africa and its islands. The journal publishes peer-reviewed original scientific papers (3 000 to 10 000 words) and short articles of <2 000 words. Results of studies of the behaviour, biology, breeding, ecology, migrations and movements, and systematics of birds are published. Extended taxonomic reviews will not be considered unless they include relevant discussion of behavioural or ecological criteria….

Raptors of Mainland Eurasia


Our aim is to develop identification apps for the raptors occurring on the mainland of Eurasia. We see Europe as it is geographically - a western peninsula of Asia, and not the centre of the world, as it is often regarded. We have restricted us to the "mainland" mostly because we do not include the Sundaic archipelago - we have too little personal experience of the birds there. But we do include Japan, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and even the British Isles. Very rare accidentals, such as African and northern American vagrants to Europe are not included, at least for now.



Sandgrouse is published by OSME contains papers and short notes on the ornithology of the OSME region, provides bird and conservation news from the region and a comprehensive round up of bird sightings in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia….



Scopus is the journal of the Bird Committee of the East Africa Natural History Society, and has been published since 1977. Scopus publishes original material on all aspects of ornithology from the eastern African region (Sudan south to Mozambique, Rwanda and Burundi and east to the Indian Ocean islands). Scopus is published twice a year, or as a combined annual volume….

The Auk


For more than 100 years, The Auk has published original reports on the biology of birds. As one of the foremost journals in ornithology, The Auk publishes innovative empirical and theoretical findings. Topics of articles appearing in The Auk include the documentation, analysis, and interpretation of laboratory and field studies, theoretical or methodological developments, and reviews of information or ideas. Authors are encouraged to consider the relevance of their conclusions to general concepts and theories and to taxa in addition to birds…

The Canadian Field-Naturalist


A peer-reviewed scientific journal publishing ecology, behaviour, taxonomy, conservation, and other topics relevant to Canadian natural history…

The Condor


The Condor began in 1899 as the journal of the Cooper Ornithological Club, a group of ornithologists in California. Since those early days the Cooper Ornithological Society has grown to become an international organization, and The Condor has developed into one of the world’s foremost ornithological journals…

The Stilt


The Stilt (ISSN 0726-1888) is the journal of the Australasian Wader Studies Group (AWSG), a special interest group of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union, also known as Birds Australia. It was first issued in 1981…

The Waterbird Society Journal


The Waterbird Society is composed of biologists, researchers, conservationists, students, and others interested in the behavior, ecology, and conservation of waterbirds. The organization is administered by four officers and nine council members elected from the Society’s membership, which includes people from 31 countries. The Society is a member of the Ornithological Societies of North America (OSNA) and a contributing member of many other scientific societies worldwide, including American Bird Conservancy and The Ornithological Council…

The Wilson Journal of Ornithology


The Wilson Journal of Ornithology is a quarterly publication consisting of major articles based on original studies of birds and short communications that describe observations of particular interest. Each issue also includes reviews of new books on birds and related subjects, as well as ornithological news. Through an endowment from the late George Miksch Sutton, each issue of the Journal includes a full color frontispiece. Each current volume consists of approximately 500 pages. The principal focus of the Journal is the study of living birds, their behavior, ecology, adaptive physiology and conservation….


Tichodroma is an ornithological journal published and distributed by the Slovak Ornithological Society/BirdLife Slovakia in cooperation with the Institute of Forest Ecology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Zvolen. The journal is issued once per year and publishes ornithological papers and short news in Slovak, Czech and English language with English or German abstracts. The papers are peer reviewed…


Wingspan was the quarterly membership magazine of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU). It was first issued in 1991, replacing the RAOU Newsletter. When Birds Australia and BOCA merged in 2012 to form BirdLife Australia, Wingspan's run ended, and was replaced with Australian Birdlife magazine.