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Ornithology (from Greek: ornis bird; logos knowledge) is the branch of zoology that deals specifically with the scientific study of birds. Ornithologists generally focus their attention on understanding their distribution and movements, ecology and behaviour. Although formal ornithology remains the domain of scientists, it is one of the few fields to which non-professionals make a significant contribution. Birders around the globe collect information in all areas of ornithology and make important discoveries almost on a daily basis.

The first academic journal dedicated to birds was Ibis, first published by the British Ornithologists’ Union in 1859. The study of birds has played an important role in the development of many general theories in biology including: evolution, sexual selection, ethology, animal intelligence and island biogeography. Working on various species of birds, the Austrian scientist Konrad Lorenz made significant contributions to our understanding of the development of social relationships (especially imprinting), and the importance of innate factors on animal behaviour.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Wikipedia Ornithology
British Trust for Ornithology
Ornithological Council - Birdnet