Studies in Avian Biology

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Studies in Avian Biology (SAB), formerly Pacific Coast Avifauna, is a book series publishing topical works in ornithology. The SAB series provided a unique opportunity for synthesis and coordination of key topics in ornithology that cannot be met by peer-reviewed journals. Volumes on Greater Sage-Grouse and Northern Spotted Owls received awards for their contributions to wildlife conservation and management. AOS is no longer accepting proposals for new volumes of Studies in Avian Biology.

Note: Some copies of the most recent volume of the SAB series, The Population Ecology and Conservation of Charadrius Plovers, were produced entirely in black and white due to a printing error. If you own a copy of this book that does not include color figures on pages 155, 157, 158, 163, and 169, please contact orders@crcpress.com for instructions on obtaining a replacement copy. (If you are located outside North America, see here for contact information specific to your region.)

Access Information

Volumes 46 and later are available for purchase from CRC Press.

Volumes 38–45 are available for purchase from Buteo Books and University of California Press in e-Book and print versions. Individual chapters are also available from JSTOR in PDF format.

Volumes 1–37, as well as older volumes published under the series name Pacific Coast Avifauna, are available via the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive. Selected issues also are available from Buteo Books.


Ornithological Monographs

Ornithological Monographs was published by the former American Ornithologists’ Union for major papers too long for inclusion in The Auk. Scholarly monographs typically dealt with a single topic or multi-faceted study or symposia papers presented at scientific meetings. The final issues of Ornithological Monographs were published in 2014.

Access Information

Volumes issued from 2006–2014 are available on BioOne.

Volumes issued from 1965–2005 are available via the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive.


Series in Ornithology

Series in Ornithology was a joint project of the American Ornithologists’ Union and the Nuttall Ornithological Club. Three volumes were published in 2007 and 2008.

Access Information

All three volumes are available for purchase from Buteo Books.

From the field

Congratulations to all of the recipients of this year's AOS awards! Our annual awards honor members for their research and volunteer work. The work of the 2020 awardees spans a diversity of ornithological disciplines from genetics to landscape ecology in a range of habitats around the world, as well as invaluable service to AOS and ornithology. This year’s slate of awardees represents just a small sample of the broad diversity of our members and the contributions they are making to the scientific study and conservation of birds. Learn more about all of them at the link in our profile! #ornithology #science #biologyThe charismatic Euphonia and Chlorophonia finches are small, colorful birds that inhabit forests and woodlands from Mexico to Brazil as well as much of the Caribbean, and how exactly they fit into the songbird family tree has been debated for 20 years. The researchers behind a paper recently published in The Auk used tissue specimens and study skins from every species in this group to generate 40 *billion* base pairs of sequence data, including nearly 5,000 loci from the nuclear genome and near-complete mitochondrial genomes for every species. This amazing dataset shows has helped resolve their relationships once and for all. It also suggests that this group likely dispersed from South America into the Caribbean and North America multiple times between 2 and 4 million years ago, lending support to a younger geological timeframe for the formation of the Isthmus of Panama than argued by some other recent studies. Photos by Daniel J. Field (University of Cambridge) and Tyler Imfeld. #ornithology #science #birds #wildlife #neotropicalbirds #taxonomy #biology #finchesOne final #NationalVolunteerWeek post! Meet Rebecca Kimball, longtime AOS volunteer and Treasurer of the society since 2015, one of the leaders helping shape AOS's future. We hope you've enjoyed celebrating Volunteer Week with us!Today for #NationalVolunteerWeek we're featuring Brian Peer, who's given his time to chair the AOS Research Awards Committee for the past eight years, leading the group that evaluates applications for Student Research Awards. Thank you, Brian!AOS is celebrating #NationalVolunteerWeek! Today, meet Kyle Horton, who volunteered his time to judge student presentations at last summer's AOS meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.Today for #NationalVolunteerWeek, meet Lori Hargrove! Lori works at the San Diego Natural History Museum and is a regular reviewer for AOS journal The Condor. Scholarly journals can't function without reviewers like Lori, who volunteer their time to read and assess the papers that are submitted.We're celebrating #NationalVolunteerWeek! AOS couldn't function without the many members who volunteer their time to assist with our meetings, publications, awards, and other programs, and we'll be introducing you to one of those volunteers every day this week. Today, meet Juita Martinez, a PhD student who helped staff the registration desk at last year's annual AOS meeting in Anchorage, Alaska!
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