AVS 13: Avian Science: Birds – Humans – Environment

by Ruth Gustafson – May 23, 2022

This guide lists resources for avian science and wildlife biology which are useful for locating literature across a range of topics about birds including:  anatomy and physiology, behavior, breeding and reproduction, genetics, and systematics and taxonomy.  To access licensed library resources from off-campus, please use the library VPN. Ruth is happy to help if you have questions or need additional assistance.


Ruth Gustafson

Student Services
Student Services and Researcher Services Librarian



In this Guide:

Searching in a library catalog requires looking for broader topics such as avian or  bird or poultry behavior rather than the more specific feeding behavior in crows.   Useful subject searches include birds — pictorial works or birds — reproduction or birds — behavior  or poultry breeds etc.

CALL NUMBER ranges:  QL 670s-690s  Ornithology/Birds    OR   SF 480s-490s  Domesticated Birds/Poultry

  • UC Library Search: UCD Library Catalog setting
    Replacing UCD Library Catalog on July 27, 2021, the new UC Library Search includes all of the UC library collections.   This setting is specifically for the UC Davis libraries including (for the first time) the holdings of the Law Library. If you Sign in (on top right corner) using your UCD login and Kerberos passphrase, you are prompted with your loan period, can renew books online, and request items that have been checked out to another borrower, or are in storage.

NEED a PRINT ONLY ITEM AND CANNOT COME TO CAMPUS?  We’ll ship it to you!  The UCD Libraries have a COVID-time-only shipping service in place.   Just click on the INTERLIBRARY REQUEST link from the item you need and we’ll mail the whole item to you.  Make sure you have your correct address listed, when prompted.

ONLY NEED a chapter or an article from a PRINT ONLY ITEM?  Scanning service available for all UCD affiliates.  Use the same INTERLIBRARY REQUEST link but make a note of the specific chapter/article you need and include as much info as you can, especially page number, if available.

Due dates will become active with start of Fall Quarter.  “If you are in the [UCD] area and would like to return materials, you can deposit returns via the remote book drops or at Shields or Blaisdell Medical Library. Materials may also be mailed back at no cost to you. Contact shieldsinterloan@ucdavis.edu for additional instructions and to receive a postage-paid mailing label.”

  • Understanding Call Numbers

    Author: Library Instruction Services, Shields Library

    Library of Congress Classification is used for all of the UCD libraries except the health sciences libraries (which use NLM — National Library of Medicine — classification). Learn about how books are arranged in the UCD libraries with this guide.

    Date: 2004

The All Subjects Print Reference Collection is on the 2nd floor of Shields Library.  There is an extensive selection of PRINT resources on birds in the QL 670-690 call number range.  See the area to the left of the white boxed blue R on the bottom left of the 2nd floor map for Shields.

Print reference books may not be checked out but may be photocopied or scanned at the Shields Library copier/printer/scanner machines located on the 1st floor of Shields Library.

Books such as field guides, encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks are located here.  Below are selected print titles, including the most extensive book series on birds in the world, the 17-volume Handbook of the Birds of the World

California Natural History Guide from the University of California Press
v. 1. Ostrich to ducks — v. 2. New World vultures to guineafowl — v. 3. Hoatzin to auks — v. 4. Sandgrouse to cuckoos — v. 5. Barn-owls to hummingbirds — v. 6. Mousebirds to hornbills — v. 7. Jacamars to woodpeckers — v. 8. Broadbills to tapaculos — v. 9. Cotingas to pipits and wagtails — v. 10. Cuckoo-shrikes to thrushes — v. 11. Old World flycatchers to Old World warblers — v. 12. Picathartes to tits and chickadees — v. 13. Penduline-tits to shrikes — v. 14. Bush-shrikes to Old World sparrows — v. 15. Weavers to New World warblers– v. 16. Tanagers to New World blackbirds — [v. 17.] Special volume. New species and global index.
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (http://www.iucnredlist.org/)
URL: http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Author: International Union for Conservation of Nature
IUCN was founded in 1948 as the world’s first global environmental organization and today is the largest professional global conservation network. Over four decades ago, the Red List started as the IUCN Red Data Book and is currently compiled through the IUCN Species Programme working with the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC).

“IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on plants and animals that have been globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. This system is designed to determine the relative risk of extinction, and the main purpose of the IUCN Red List is to catalogue and highlight those plants and animals that are facing a higher risk of global extinction (i.e. those listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable).”

In addition, the “IUCN Red List also includes information on plants and animals that are categorized as Extinct or Extinct in the Wild; on taxa that cannot be evaluated because of insufficient information (i.e., are Data Deficient); and on plants and animals that are either close to meeting the threatened thresholds or that would be threatened were it not for an ongoing taxon-specific conservation programme (i.e., are Near Threatened).”


Species under CITES Protection (http://www.cites.org/eng/disc/species.shtml)

URL: http://www.cites.org/eng/disc/species.shtml
Author: Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

Roughly 5,000 species of animals and 28,000 species of plants are protected by CITES against over-exploitation through international trade. They are listed in the three CITES Appendices. The species are grouped in the Appendices according to how threatened they are by international trade. They include some whole groups, such as primates, cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), sea turtles, parrots, corals, cacti and orchids. But in some cases only a subspecies or geographically separate population of a species (for example the population of just one country) is listed.

Peer Review

A process through which manuscripts submitted to a journal are evaluated for quality — by one or more subject experts in addition to the editor — before being accepted for publication.

ProQuest article databases (such as Zoological Record, ASFA or PsycINFO) include a checkbox to limit to “Peer Reviewed” articles. For journals retrieved from other databases, use the online Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory to search by journal title and then look for the black and white striped  symbol  Refereed (referee shirt) indicating the publication is refereed or peer-reviewed.

  • Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory  Icon

    The standard source for information on virtually every active and ceased periodical, annual, irregular publication, and monographic series published throughout the world (plus thousands of newspapers). Indicates whether a publication is a refereed (peer-reviewed) title.

    NOTE: search by journal title, NOT article title. Ulrich’s provides information on the entire publication (journal, magazine, newspaper, annual review) NOT on the work within.

Clarivate Analytics Journal Citation Reports is a comprehensive tool for assessing the importance of research journals in disciplines and subdisciplines.

NOTE that review journals tend to be listed as top ranked titles, pushing rankings for original research titles lower, so use with caution.  Typical review series may have the following words in their title: Advances in … ; Annual Review of …; Critical Reviews in … ; Current Opinion in … ; Expert Reviews in … ; International Review of … ; Progress in … ; Trends in …

Journal Citation Reports (JCR)  Icon

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is an annual publication by Thomson Reuters with each yearly data analysis being completed in the summer of the following year. JCR indicates: most frequently cited journals in a field: highest impact journals in a field; and largest journals in a field. JCR Science Edition contains data from over 7,300 journals in science and technology. JCR Social Sciences Edition contains data from over 2,200 journals in the social sciences. NOTE: For disciplines that have longer timespans for citation, consider sorting for ranking by using the 5-year Impact Factor sort.
Release Coverage: 1997-2015 (for 1996-2014 data)
Impact Factors in Wikipedia: validity, manipulation, and misuse of Impact Factors
Using JCR Wisely


Browse some of our Ornithology journals in Browzine that can be organized by Journal Rank: