Science of Birds – Ornithology


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Pied Wagtail

Ornithology is the science of birds and as such has many practitioners with advanced degrees, numerous universities that offer those degrees, and many organizations and journals that serve to disseminate the information in the field. There are very few universities that offer degrees in ornithology, though. See Careers in Ornithology for detailed information. There are many ornithologists working in the public and private sector, in the field, in museums, and in the lab. If you want to find out more about what professional ornithologists do, some resources are listed below.

Research in Ornithology
Literature and Bibliographies and General Resources
Also see the Ornithological Web Library for a comprehensive list.

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Current Ornithology contents
Field Guide to Bird Species on the Web
International Ornithological Congress
Ornithological Bibliographies
Ornithological Collection Catalogs
Ornithology Resources

Museums (bird collections)
See BirdNet for extensive list of Museums and Ornithological Collections.

Am. Mus. of Natural History Ornithology Dept.
British Museum of Natural History
Chicago Field Museum
Delaware Museum of Natural History
Florida Museum of Natural History
Mich. Museum of Zoology-Bird Division
Museum of Vert. Zool., Berkeley
National Museums of Kenya-Ornithology
National Museum of Natural History/Smithsonian
Pierce Brodkorb Ornithology Collection West. Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of Michigan

Weisbaden Museum
A List of Museums that Feature Bird Exhibits


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North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory, England. birds research center
North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory, England

There are a number of facilities whose focus is the study of birds.

Research Programs and Observatories
Ornithology Research Links


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