Zoology Web Resources





American Ornithologist's Union. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, 20560. Phone: 202-357-2051. Fax: 202-633-8084. E-mail: aou@nmnh.si.edu.

Association of Field Ornithologists. c/o Allen Press, P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-1897.

Birds Australia (formerly Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU)). 415 Riversdale Rd, Hawthorn East VIC 3123, Australia. Phone: 61 3 9882 2622. Fax: 61 3 9882 2677. Email: mail@birdsaustralia.com.au.

British Ornithologists' Union. The Natural History Museum, Tring HP23 6AP, United Kingdom.  Phone: 44 1442 890080. Fax: 44 20 79426150. E-Mail: bou@bou.org.uk.

Cooper Ornithological Society. c/o Martin L. Morton, Occidental College, Biology Department, 1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles CA 90041.

Wilson Ornithological Society. University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology, Bird Division, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079. Phone: 734-764-0457.  Fax:  734-763-4080.

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Recent Ornithological Literature.  1986-  .  Washington, DC: American Ornithologists' Union, British Ornithologists' Union, and Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union. Quarterly.

    A supplement to the ornithological journals The Auk, The Emu, and Ibis, ROL was formerly a print publication available for free with a subscription to any of the journals.  Since 1999 has been published only on the Web as a browsable list of issues or searchable database, both going back to October 1997 at the time of viewing. ROL covers about 900 journals worldwide, plus dissertations, conference proceedings, and similar resources.  The bibliography is organized by broad subject categories such as systematics, morphology, identification, or distribution and includes information on new and renamed journals.

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Checklists and Classification Schemes

BIRDNET: The Ornithological Information Source Presented by the Ornithological Council. Ornithological Council.

    The Ornithological Council is an umbrella group for ten North American ornithological societies, including societies from Canada and Mexico.  The site provides information on ornithology, member societies, grants and awards for ornithological research, links to birding information, and guidelines for the use of birds in research.  In addition, the site provides links to Bird Accounts,  http://www.nmnh.si.edu/BIRDNET/ORDERS/BIRDACCOUNTS.html, which provides an order-by-order list of bird species.  The intent is to have links to species accounts, but at the time of viewing only the species lists were available.

Check-List of North American Birds: Species of Birds of North America from the Arctic through Panama, Including the West Indies and Hawaiian Islands. 7th ed. Washington, DC: American Ornithologists Union Staff, 1998. 829 p. ISBN 189127600X.

    This checklist is considered to be the authoritative list of the 2,030 species of birds of North and Central America and reflects the changes in nomenclature and classification agreed upon by the American Ornithologistsí Union.  Each species is listed with scientific and English name, original citation, habitat, distribution (summer and winter), and notes. The list of birds included in the checklist is also available on the Web. Downloadable PDF and DBF versions are available from this site, which includes the latest updates not reflected in the print version.

Names of North American Birds. New York, NY: National Audubon Society, 1997.

    This list includes the scientific and common names of about 1,975 species occurring in North America, Mexico, and Hawaii. It is designed to help birders use the proper names when writing about birds and also explains the approved forms of writing bird common names.  The source of the names is not listed on the site.

Obsolete English Names of North American Birds and Their Modern Equivalents. Banks, Richard C. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, 1988. 37 p. (Resource Publication of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, no. 174).

     The publication lists obsolete common names, as the title suggests, matching the old names to the common names listed in the sixth edition of the Check-list of North American Birds published in 1983.  Each obsolete name is linked with the new approved common name and scientific name.

Zoonomen: Zoological Nomenclature Resource. 2002. Version 4.5 (2002.08.18). Peterson, Alan P.

    This site consists of two sections, a list of current valid scientific names for birds based on the AOU checklist and Sibley and Monroe, and a historical analysis of avian taxonomy.  The list of names includes the original citation, nomenclatural notes, and links to biographical information on the original author.  The historic analysis provides graphs of various data configurations, such as number of species described per year or number of descriptions in each of the major avian taxonomy journals.

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Identification Tools

CITES Identification Guide - Birds: Guide to the Identification of Bird Species Controlled under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Ottawa: Canadian Wildlife Service, 1994. 1 v. (various pagings). ISBN 0662611837.

    A multilingual guide that identifies the numerous species of birds covered by the CITES convention plus some species that might be confused with CITES species.  A visual key identifies species by such features as the shape of the bill or the presence of spurs on the legs, which then leads the users to the appropriate species account.  Also available at this Web site.

Identification Guide to North American Birds: A Compendium of Information on Identifying, Ageing, and Sexing "Near-Passerines" and Passerines in the Hand. Pyle, Peter, et al. Bolinas, CA: Slate Creek Press, 1997-  . ISBN 0961894024 (pt. 1).

    While unfinished, this advanced identification guide is an important resource for the identification not just of species, but also to the age, sex, and molts of individuals.  There are no color illustrations, rather identification is based on detailed descriptions and line drawings of feathers, bills, and other anatomical details.  The set is a revised edition of the authorís Identification Guide to North American Passerines.  To date, only volume one has been published, covering the doves to weavers.  An online errata page for volume 1 is available at this Web site.

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The Condor: An International Journal of Avian Biology. Vol. 1-  . Lawrence, KS: Allen Press, 1899-  . ISSN 0010-5422. Available electronically.

    Publishes articles, short communications, book reviews, news dealing with the biology of wild birds.  A full text of the entire back run of the journal from 1899 through 2000 was available at the Cooper Ornithological Societyís Web site while current issues were available by subscription from BioOne. The journal of the Cooper Ornithological Society. 

Emu. Vol. 1-  . Melbourne, Australia: CSIRO, 1901-  . Quarterly. ISSN 0158-4197. Available electronically.

    Publishes articles on all aspects of ornithology, including conservation and applied ornithology, with emphasis on the birds of Australasia.  New species are frequently listed.  Selected articles are available at no charge for personal use at the journalís Web site but most require a subscription or per-article fee.  The journal of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union. 

Ibis. Vol. 1-  . Osney Mead, UK: Blackwell Scientific, 1859-  . Quarterly. $306.00. ISSN 0019-0019. Available electronically.

    Publishes papers, reviews, and short communications on all aspects of ornithology with emphasis on systematics, behavior, and ecology.  Some articles are available only as online publications, but are also listed in the print table of contents.  Selected articles are available for free at the journalís Web site .  The journal of the British Ornithologists' Union.

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