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Careers in Ornithology

A branch of zoology that focuses on the scientific study of birds

Ornithology is comprised of a variety of subdisciplines. Ornithologists may study anatomy, behavior, ecology, evolution, physiology, conservation, or other aspects of bird biology. Research may include field work in remote areas, specimen-based work in museum collections, digital analysis of sound recordings, and/or laboratory work to examine molecular variation. Whatever your interests, there are many opportunities to pursue a career in ornithology.

If you are uncertain about a career in ornithology, you can learn more about it through Citizen Science activities—get your feet wet and start contributing data about birds today!

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Welcome to the American Ornithological Society (AOS)
Advancing Scientific Knowledge and Conservation of Birds

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