Studies in Avian Biology (SAB), formerly Pacific Coast Avifauna, is a book series publishing topical works in ornithology. The SAB series provides a unique opportunity for synthesis and coordination of key topics in ornithology that cannot be met by peer-reviewed journals. Recent volumes on Greater Sage-Grouse and Northern Spotted Owls received awards for their contributions to wildlife conservation and management.

The typical format is a set of 10–25 contributed chapters organized around an important topic in ornithology such as new areas of research or techniques, ecologically important habitats, or management of species of conservation concern. Recent volumes have focused on emerging questions in avian disease, the ecology of urban birds, and applications of video surveillance to studies of bird behavior. Studies of arctic shorebirds, boreal forest birds, and northern grouse have contributed to a better understanding of the ecology of birds in sensitive ecosystems. Each volume is guest-edited by a team of 1–3 volume editors who select and coordinate submissions of manuscripts from contributing authors. All manuscripts undergo rigorous peer review, and acceptance of individual manuscripts is based on scientific merit.

AOS is currently not accepting proposals for new volumes of Studies in Avian Biology while the Society determines its next steps for the book series.


Most Recent Volume

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The Population Ecology and Conservation of Charadrius Plovers

Mark A. Colwell and Susan M. Haig

Published 3 May 2019


Series Editor

Kate Huyvaert, Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University


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 as open-access (no cost) PDF files at the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive. Selected issues also are available from Buteo Books.

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