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ONLINE RESOURCES
Lists of quality animal websites.
RESEARCH GUIDES
These guides have been created by staff at the San Diego Zoo Library to help you get started on your research. They contain a mix of recommended books, journals, and online resources.

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Reference

LIBRARY RESOURCES
Species-specific information compiled by SDZG staff.

USE THIS GUIDE TO GET STARTED ON YOUR BIRD RESEARCH

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MATERIALS IN THE LIBRARY

These books, videos, and journals can be found at the Beckman Center Library or online and are a good starting point for your research. Find more through the Library Catalog and Journals Catalog.

BOOKS

Bird coloration (2 volume set)
Edited by Geoffrey E. Hill and Kevin J. McGraw
Call no. QL673 .B57 2006 REF

The birds of Africa (7 volume set)
Edited by Leslie Brown
Call no. QL692 .A1 B878 1997 REF

Clinical avian medicine (2 volume set)
By Greg J. Harrison and Teresa Lightfoot
Call no. SF994.2 .A1 C54 2006 REF

Handbook of the birds of the world (15+ volume set)
Edited by Josep del Hoyo
Call no. QL674 .H36 2010 REF

Important bird areas Americas : priority sites for biodiversity conservation
Edited by Susan Aguilar Mugica
Call no. QL676.5 .A48 2009 REF

The state of the birds : 2010 report on climate change
North American Bird Conservation Initiative
Call no. QL676.5 .S73 2010 REF

VIDEOS

Birds of prey : their biology and ecology
Featuring narration by Chris Ackerman
Call no. QL696 .F3 B57 2005

The life of birds
Featuring narration by David Attenborough
BBC Video
Call no. QL698.3 L54 2002

Winged migration
Featuring narration by Jacques Perrin
Call no. QL698.9 .W56 2001

JOURNALS

Acta Ornithologica
AFA Watchbird
Africa Birds & Birding
Ardea
ASA Avicultural Bulletin
The Auk
Avian Diseases
Avicultural Journal
Bird Conservation International
Birdscope
The Condor
Ibis
Journal of Avian Biology
Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
Journal of Raptor Research
Living Bird Quarterly
Marine Ornithology
Notornis
Ornithological Science
Southern Bird
Waterbirds
Western Birds
World Birdwatch


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SPECIALIZED LITERATURE DATABASES
     
  • BioOne -- Full-text articles from biological science journals, including American Midland Naturalist, Ardea, The Auk, Avian Diseases, The Condor, Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, Journal of Field Ornithology, Journal of Raptor Research, Ornithological Science, Waterbirds, and The Wilson Journal of Ornithology.
  • Birds of North America Online -- Information on 716+ birds breeding in the United States and Canada. Please contact the Library for username/password.
  • GRIN (Global Raptor Information Network) -- The GRIN database provides information on diurnal raptors. Search the Bibliography for raptor literature.
  • OWL (Ornithological Worldwide Literature) -- Database of ornithological publications (previously Recent Ornithological Literature)
  • SORA (Searchable Ornithological Research Archive) -- Open access journal archives collaboration between American Ornithologists Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, Association of Field Ornithologists, Wilson Ornithological Society and University of New Mexico Libraries.

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AVIAN TRAINING / ENRICHMENT / HUSBANDRY

(click here for general training/enrichment/husbandry resources)

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TAXONOMIC INFORMATION -- Click here for general taxonomy resources.

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QUALITY WEBSITES
  General Bird Websites
 
  • Aves Google Directory -- Collection of bird-related websites
  • BirdLife International -- Global bird conservation organization. Contains helpful resources like Bird Links to the World, an index of helpful bird-related websites, and Avibase, which includes distribution information, taxonomy, synonyms, and more on over 10,000 bird species.
  • Birdwatching Dictionary -- Online dictionary of birdwatching terminology. From Bird On!
  • BIRDNET -- Information for professional ornithologists and students. From the Ornithological Council.
  • Chick Embryology -- Illustration of 21-day life cycle of embryological chick
  • Geobirds -- Global collaboration website for birdwatchers
  • Multi-lingual Birdsearch Engine -- Translate bird names between 17 languages
  • Neorinthes -- Excellent Modern Birds phylogenetic resource, from Tree of Life.
  • Ornithological Societies of North America (OSNA) -- Joint member organization of the American Ornithologists' Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, Raptor Research Foundation, Waterbird Society, and Wilson Ornithological Society.
  • Science.gov Birds -- Collection of bird-related websites from the U.S. Government.
  Audio-Visual Resources
 
     Photo & Visual
  • Internet Bird Collection -- Free audiovisual library sponsored by the Handbook of the Birds of the World
  • NestCams -- Live, online videos of birds -- Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • VIREO (Visual Resourches for Ornithology) -- Bird photograph collection -- The Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Wild Condor Cam -- Ventana Wildlife Society Condor Sanctuary, Big Sur, CA

     Vocalizations

  By Geographic Region
 
  Specific Types of Birds
 

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