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Birding Magazines

If you are looking to take out a subscription to a birding magazine the best way is to go direct to their website and see what deals they offer there… most of the magazines listed below are based in the USA or UK but virtually all are available world wide.

On-line magazines can be terrific or frustrating. Too many come and go after a worthy couple of issues… others seem stuck in a time warp with an edition in the ether but no sign of any follow up. On the other hand they can combine up-to-date information with video clips and terrific computer graphics. You pays your money…

Personally I still like my hard copy… I can't take my computer to bed or on the train or use a marker pen to underline text etc.

I subscribe to four magazines and see others from time to time, two are slightly different slants on birding and the third a more scientific tome which, when I can understand it, keeps me abreast of avian science. The fourth concentrates on the visual beauty of birds and I also write for that one.

Besides which Fatbirder has had a column in Birdwatching Magazine for some years Grumpy Old Birder.

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Better View Desired

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If you want the best view of the bird your money (and your time) can buy, you need BVD. Comprehensive field tests and comparative reviews of the best in birding optics…plus informative, clear, concise explanations of what separates the bird worthy optics from the rest.

Bird Observer

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Bird Observer is a New England-based bimonthly journal for birders. We are a private nonprofit corporation supported by subscribers, and staffed by volunteers. We publish original articles on birding locations, on avian populations and natural history, on regional rarities, book reviews and field notes, bird sightings for Massachusetts, photographs, and artwork. For information on previous issues, check our index or search the Tables of Contents.

Birders World

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When Michigan winters are severe, I can count on phone calls concerning the welfare of wintering birds. While extreme weather can take its toll, most birds are equipped to take even nasty weather in stride. They have a number of clever weapons in their survival arsenal…

Birding World

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Birding World is Europe`s premier monthly birding magazine. It is at the top of the market for the serious birder. Now in its twentyfirst year, Birding World is firmly established as the essential magazine for keen birdwatchers in Britain and throughout Europe - with much to interest North American and all birders worldwide too. There is, quite simply, no substitute! Birding World is a monthly colour magazine only available on subscription.

Birdwatchers Digest

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Expert advice on bird watching, backyard bird feeding, bird gardening, bird identification, bird travel and cool birding products. The editors of Bird Watchers Digest invite you to experience the joy and passion of bird watching and to learn the best birding how-to tips from the experts. Bookmark this page! I have bookmarked it! The Fat Birder.

Birdwatch

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This is the on-line version of one of the UKs top birding magazines. But there is also info about the hard copy.

British Birds

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British Birds is a monthly ornithological journal read by all serious birdwatchers around the World. Founded in 1907, British Birds is now published in association with Pica Press - publishers of bird and natural history books. Articles published in BB are written by eminent birdwatchers researched from original scientific observations and presented in a readable, up-to-date style. First 100 years now on-line!

Ecology & Society

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Conservation Ecology is an electronic, peer-reviewed, scientific journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current research. Manuscript submission, peer review, and publication are all handled on the Internet. Special software developed by the journal automates all clerical steps during peer review, and allows authors and editors (with the proper passwords) to follow the progress of peer review on the World Wide Web…

Habitat - environmental news

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Wildlife news from the British Isles…

Hirundo

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Hirundo, the journal of the Estonian Ornithological Society, is issued twice a year. It publishes ornithological papers, comments and instructions, as well as EOS news. The journal is focused on original studies and discussion about Estonian birds, their numbers, biology and conservation.

Journal of Avian Biology

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Since its inception in 1970 by the Scandinavian Ornithologists Union, the journal Ornis Scandinavica gradually became a truly international publication attracting subscribers and contributors from all over the world. To endorse this global perspective, in 1994 the journal's name was changed to JOURNAL OF AVIAN BIOLOGY. Currently there are 4 issues per year, about 350 pages in total, a number that is likely to increase in the near future. Journal Of Avian Biology publishes the results of empirical and theoretical research within all areas of ornithology, with a certain emphasis on ecology…

List of Ornithological Journals

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A useful, worldwide, list of birding and ornithology journals.

Ornithological Monographs

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Part of the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive [SORA]…

Ornithological Newsletter On Line

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Quarterly…

Falklands Wildlife News

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The Falklands have become the scene of a bitter dispute between government and non-government funded conservationists over the protection of Falkland Islands penguins. Government-funded conservationists have been trying to assure worried environmentalists that Falklands penguin populations are adequately protected, despite recent oil spills. Non-government funded research suggests otherwise, and the dispute has led to one Falklands researcher being harassed through malicious phone calls, loss of employment, repeated arrests by the police, and threats of deportation as an undesirable.

Virtual Birders Magazine

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A well laid out N American magazine.

Alcedo - Ornitologia e natura

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The new Italian Magazine of breeding and ornithology…

Africa - Birds & Birding

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Apparently the magazine is Light Years better than the website. It costs about $40/yr to subscribe to this South African magazine.

i-bird.com

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A new birding magazine on line with the intention of telling people where they can see sought after birders and at what time of year. It also has a regular section for those with access limitations (Disabled birders)

Nature

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Whilst this is a generalist journal it is worldwide in scope and certainly covers lots of issues affecting birds as well as often having very specific articles.

New Zealand Birds Journal

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An on-line publication with professional and amateur contributors - a model others could usefully follow.

Alula

Alula was started in 1995 to promote birding and the knowledge about birds. It is an independent journal for people interested in birds and bird identification. The topics include identification papers by field experts, articles about birding sites, tests of optical equipment, literature reviews, contests, current issues, etc… The magazine stopped in May 2009.

Studies in Avian Biology

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A publication of the Cooper Ornithological Society… part of the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive [SORA]…

Fågelstudier

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What Fågelstudier means, as a project, is: we want extensive field ornithology again, amateur and academic, integrated, joined together in one body. We want to do our own thing…

Auk

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For more than 100 years, The Auk has published original reports on the biology of birds. As one of the foremost journals in ornithology, The Auk presents innovative empirical and theoretical findings. Topics of articles appearing in The Auk include the documentation, analysis, and interpretation of laboratory and field studies, theoretical or methodological developments, and reviews of information or ideas. Authors are encouraged to consider the relevance of their conclusions to general concepts and theories and to taxa in addition to birds. Major contributions are presented as articles, and smaller pieces are offered as Short Communications. The Auk also provides reviews of recently released books that are of significance to ornithologists.

Journal of Field Ornithology

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The Journal of Field Ornithology is the quarterly publication of the Association of Field Ornithologists. The Journal of Field Ornithology welcomes original articles that emphasize the descriptive or experimental study of birds in their natural habitats. Articles depicting techniques, emphasizing conservation, describing life history, or assessing published studies or existing ideas are appropriate. The Journal is especially interested in field studies conducted in the neotropics and those involving amateur participation…

Journal of Oregon Ornithology

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The printed version of Journal of Oregon Ornithology (JOO) (ISSN 1066-9450) is photocopied in the USA on acid-free paper; the ISSN for the online version is 1092-3845. JOO is generally a serial for papers shorter than those included in the monograph series, Studies in Oregon Ornithology (SOO). JOO and SOO are both published irregularly with individual issues available for purchase; there are no subscriptions.

Wilson Bulletin

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Archive of the Bulletin. For more than a century, the Wilson Society has published a scholarly journal with form and content readily accessible to both professional and amateur ornithologists. The Bulletin is a quarterly publication consisting of major articles based on original studies of birds and short communications that describe observations of particular interest. Each issue also includes reviews of new books on birds and related subjects, as well as ornithological news. Many can now be downloaded on pdf files

Bulletin of the African Bird Club

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The full journal on line.

Cotinga

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Archive of the Journal of the neo-tropical bird club…

Ibis

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the international journal of avian science
IBIS publishes original papers, reviews and short communications reflecting the forefront of research activity in ornithological science, but with special emphasis on the conservation, ecology, ethology and systematics of birds. Ibis aims to publish as rapidly as is consistent with the requirements of peer-review and normal publishing constraints…

Forktail

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Archive of the Journal of the Oriental Bird Club.

Sandgrouse

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Archive of the Journal of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East

Environmental Data Services Ltd

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ENDS publishes an in-depth monthly professional journal and a daily internet-based news briefing on European environmental affairs.

Birds of Britain

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Welcome to the Birds Of Britain website. With over 170 pages including changing monthly features and a permanent guide to Britain's bird reserves and clubs, we hope you will find something of interest…

BirdLife Publications

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Open Up the World - of World Birdwatch magazine - World Birdwatch is the international magazine about birds. Published by BirdLife International, the magazine is crammed full of authoritative news and articles on birds and their conservation from around the world.

Condor

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Archive of the Journal of the Cooper Ornithological Society. 102 years worth of issues now on line!

Birds & Blooms

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Birds & Blooms brings beautiful backyards from across America into your living room through vivid, full-color photos. It`s like a friendly chat over the back fence with your bird-and-flower-loving neighbors.

Audubon Magazine

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Magazine of the Audubon Society… links to back issues and an on-line version of the magazine.

Bird Magazines Shop

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Bird lovers love getting a monthly bird magazine to keep up with the latest about our airborn friends. If your special friend has a bird, they would be sure to love the gift of a bird magazine. Click on a bird magazine cover below to find the best offers available on these periodicals. US/North American Magazines only

Glaucus

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Glaucus is a magazine sized (A4) journal which contains about 48 pages packed full of information about British marine life. The Autumn/Winter 1996 issue contained over 33,500 words…

EMU: Austral Ornithology

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Emu is the premier journal for ornithological research and reviews in the Southern Hemisphere…

'E' - The Environmental Magazine

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This is a paperless magazine produced and hosted on line and emailed to subscribers…

BirdWatching (US)

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Enjoy the birding magazine the Los Angeles Times called the next best thing to locking binocs on feathers….

Auk

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SORA - Searchable Ornithological Research Archive

Ardeola

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Ardeola is the official scientific journal of the Spanish Society of Ornithology (SEO/Birdlife), and it has been published since the Society's foundation in 1954. Ardeola has expanded his scope recently to provide a renewed forum for publication of studies on all aspects of ornithology, carried out both in Spain and elsewhere…

Ostrich

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Ostrich: Journal of African Ornithology is a scientific journal published by NISC in association with BirdLife South Africa. Ostrich is an international journal that publishes papers in the general field of ornithology in Africa and its islands…

BBC Countryfile Magazine

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I've been a fan of BBC Countryfile since it was in Black & White! And am still a faithful fan every Sunday evening at 7.00pm. The magazine is just as good! Fatbirder

Bird Watching

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Welcome to birdwatching.co.uk, the website of the UK’s best-selling bird watching magazine. Find all the latest bird news, expert binocular and scope reviews, birding events local to you and exclusive Bird Watching competitions and offers…

Wild Planet Photo Magazine

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We specalise in all aspects of Wildlife and Nature Photography.

Bird Reports

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Thousands of UK county & local bird reports at birder-friendly prices… now available from Steve Holliday…

Watching Backyard Birds

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Welcome to Watching Backyard Birds.com, the companion site for the new and improved The Backyard Birds Newsletter! Over the past few months, we've devoted considerable time and effort in realigning BBN to focus more squarely on the backyard, where the vast majority of bird enthusiasts do most of their bird watching. We asked ourselves, "What do backyard bird watchers want and need to enjoy their backyard birds more?"