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

Agricultural lands can support bird populations, but agricultural intensification can also cause populations to decline — so what role are changes in American agriculture playing for Mourning Doves? A Mourning Dove’s age can be estimated from the molt pattern of the wing feathers, and the age ratios of birds killed by hunters let the researchers behind a recent paper in The Condor estimate doves’ reproductive output in different regions. They found that although the specifics varied between locations, small changes in land cover were linked to large differences in Mourning Doves' reproductive output. In the eastern U.S., for example, counties with greater proportions of intensive corn and soybean agriculture had much lower ratios of juveniles to adults. Learn more at the press release linked in our profile! Photo by David Muñoz. #agriculture #ornithology #birds #wildlife #conservation #science #ecology #mourningdoveMillions of songbirds that breed across North America converge on a tiny region of Colombia called the Darién during their migration each year, as shown by research recently published in The Condor. This is what the researchers call a migratory Plenty of studies, especially in “birdy” places like shade-grown coffee farms, have shown that birds can provide an economically valuable service to farmers by eating pest insects. But what about in the huge swathes of farmland that cover much of the U.S.? To find out, the researchers behind a recent study in The Condor set up mesh “exclosures” over corn and soybean plants to see how keeping out birds but not insects would affect crops' success. They found that birds had a positive effect on corn crop yield, but a negative effect on soybean crop yield in the adjacent field. For the many farmers that use a corn-corn-soybean rotation schedule, this may suggest economic gain in the long run. Photos by Daryl Coldren and Megan Garfinkel. #ornithology #birds #wildlife #ecology #conservation #science #agriculture #midwestThe sunbirds are a group of nectar-eating songbirds from Africa and Asia that are a sort of Old World counterpart of hummingbirds. A recent paper in The Condor offered a new reason to prioritize sunbird conservation beyond just At Michigan State I teach two courses, Ecology and Tropical Biology. Each fall during the Tropical Biology course we have a “Tropical Thanksgiving.” Each group of students is assigned a plant family with a distribution primarily in the tropics, and students need to uncover a species in the plant family that humans eat. Then they bring in a dish prepared with that species, like pineapple upside down cake, brownies, or banana cream pie. Our Tropical Thanksgivings tend to be heavy on desserts! #ecology #tropicalecology #tropicalbiology #ethnobotany #botany #plantbiology #thanksgiving
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[Thanks, Catherine! If YOU are an AOS member and would like to be featured here for a week, please get in touch.]We have worked in Panama and Costa Rica in areas undergoing forest restoration. Birds play vital roles in restoration systems by consuming insects that can damage young trees. They also disperse seeds of plants and provide pollination services. Tropical birds are also just cool! Photo credits include Sean Williams. #ornithology #wildlife #science #birds #ecology #conservation #restoration #neotropicalbirds
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[Our thanks to Catherine Lindell, Editor-in-Chief of AOS journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications, who's taking over this account for the week!]We have investigated a number of tactics to deter pest birds in orchards. Inflatable tube-men appear effective in some contexts, if farmers move them around and use enough of them. We have had mixed results with drones; some models and some flight trajectories are likely to be more effective than others in deterring crop-eating birds. Photo credits include Shayna Wiefrich and Ben Hawes. #ornithology #birds #wildlife #science #agriculture #orchards #womeninstem
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[Our thanks to Catherine Lindell, Editor-in-Chief of AOS journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications, who's taking over this account for the week!]
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