This Ornithology subject resource guide is available courtesy of Marcia Schiff ? 2009.

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Ornithology is the branch of zoology that covers the study of birds. It includes many aspects: the description and classification of birds, the geographic distribution of birds, the activities of birds, and the economic relationships between birds and humans.

The activities most often studied are the mating of birds, the nesting of birds, the rearing (or lack of rearing) of young birds, the feeding of birds, and the migration patterns of birds.

Birds are amazing animals. They can be beautiful, tasty, annoying, and provide companionship. They can sing to us, speak to us, and their feathers can provide us comfort and warmth. In turn, we put up bird feeders, provide them with bird seed or bread crumbs, build birdhouses, set up birdbaths, write laws to protect them, and establish for them refuges and sanctuaries throughout the world.

Ornithology is one of the few scientific disciplines in which amateurs often play a significant role. A good pair of binoculars, a comfortable pair of shoes, and patience is all it takes to get started. Accordingly, this guide is developed for all interested persons in the continuum from amateur bird watcher to student to professional ornithologist.

Library of Congress Subject Headings:

The Library of Congress Subject Heading is Ornithology. The broader term is Zoology. The related term is Birds.

Classification Numbers:

Library of Congress (LC) Call Number: QL 671 ? QL 673

Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) Number: 598.0 ? 598.99

IntroductionAssociations and MeetingsDatabasesJournalsMonographs/BooksReference ResourcesWebsites

This Ornithology subject resource guide is available courtesy of Marcia Schiff ? 2009.