Bird Study

The Journal of the British Trust for Ornithology.

Editor: Dr Richard Broughton, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, UK

Editorial Board

Please note that the submission deadline is now closed for the 2024 avian influenza special issue

Aims and scope

Bird Study publishes high-quality papers relevant to the sphere of interest of the British Trust for Ornithology: broadly, field ornithology, especially related to evidence-based bird conservation.  Papers are especially welcome on: patterns of distribution and abundance, movements, habitat preferences, developing field census methods, ringing and other techniques for marking and tracking birds.

Bird Study concentrates on research concerning bird species that occur in the Western Palearctic. This includes research on their biology outside of the Western Palearctic, for example on wintering grounds in Africa. Bird Study also welcomes papers from any part of the world if they are of general interest to the broad areas of investigation outlined above.

The following types of articles are published:
Original research papers (any length), Short original research papers (less than 2500 words), Scientific reviews, Forum articles covering general ornithological issues, including non-scientific ones, short feedback articles that make scientific criticisms of papers published recently in the Journal. 

Submit a manuscript
Free current issue abstracts
Free full content of archived issues
Set up an email alert for new articles

Subscription information

Bird Study is published four times a year (February, May, August, November).

For Institutions, please go to the Taylor & Francis website for more details, including subscribing as part of a package.

Subscription orders

Individuals should send payment to: Samantha Graham, BTO, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2PU, UK;
or E-mail: info [at] for further information or payment by credit card.

Institutions should contact their local Taylor & Francis Customer Service Department: Email: subscriptions [at]

UK and all territories except India and USA, Canada and Mexico:

T&F Customer Services, Informa Plc, Sheepen Place, Colchester, Essex  C03 3 LP, UK; 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 5544;  Fax: +44 (0)20 7017 5198


Universal Subscription Agency Pvt. Ltd., 101-102 Community Centre, Malviya Nagar Extn, Post bag No. 8, Saket, New Dehli 110012, India

USA, Canada and Mexico:

Taylor & Francis, 325 Chestnut Street, 8th floor, Philadelphia  PA 19106, USA; Tel: +1 800 354 1420 or +1 215 625 8900; Fax +1 215 625 8914; email customerservice [at]


US Postmaster info: please send address changes to Bird Study (TBIS), Air Business Ltd, c/o Worldnet Shipping USA Inc., 149–35 177th Street, Jamaica, New York, NY11434, USA. The journal is delivered to North America and the Rest of the World by surface post and subscribers can expect to receive their copies within four weeks of British publication.

Editor and Editorial Board

Editor: Dr Richard Broughton
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, UK

Editorial Board: Mattia Brambilla Fondazione Lombardia per l'Ambiente, Italy; Richard Broughton, CEH, Wallingford, UK;Dan Chamberlain University of Turin, Italy; Tom Finch RSPB Centre of Conservation Science, UK; Charlotte Francesiaz – OFB, Juvignac, France; Matthew Geary, University of Chester, UK; Anne Goodenough University of Gloucestershire, UK; Rhys Green Cambridge University & RSPB, UK; Martin Gruebler Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, Switzerland; Shelley Hinsley CEH, Wallingford, UK; John Mallord RSPB, UK; Nina O'Hanlon, BTO, UK,  Juan Carlos Senar Zoology Museum, Barcelona, Spain; Mark Wilson, BTO, UK.

Submission of manuscripts

Bird Study will accept submissions only through the web site .

Submissions should conform to the guidelines which are found in the Instructions & Forms section on the opening page of that web site or:

General enquiries about the submission process and about the suitability of subject matter for inclusion in Bird Study can be sent to the Editor, Dr Richard Broughton, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, UK UK. rbrou [at]


Once the articles have been accepted for publication Taylor & Francis process them to print.  The principal contact for this process is Glyn Lavers, Production Department, Taylor & Francis, 4 Park Square, Milton Park, Oxfordshire, OX14 4RN.  Please direct any queries to authorqueries [at]

Reprints and back issues

Corresponding authors will receive free online access to a PDF version of their article through the Taylor & Francis website ( and a complimentary copy of the issue containing their article. PDFs of articles are also published “on-line early” in advance of the publication of the printed version. In addition authors can also purchase reprints of their article as they appear in the printed version of Bird Study through Rightslink® . These must be ordered when proofs are received. If authors have any queries about reprints, please contact the Taylor & Francis reprints department at reprints [at]

Taylor & Francis retains a three year back issue stock of journals.  Older volumes are held by our official stockists to whom all orders and enquiries should be addressed:
Periodicals Service Company, 11 Main Street, Germantown, NY 12526, USA;
Tel: +1 518 537 4700;  Fax: +1 518 537 5899;  Email: psc [at]

Other business correspondence

For all other enquiries relating to Bird Study, please use the following contact details:
T&F Customer Services, Informa PLC, Sheepen Place, Colchester, Essex CO3 3LP, UK;
Tel: +44 (0)20 7017 5544;  Fax: +44 (0)20 7017 5198;  Email: subscriptions [at]


Copyright of material is owned by BTO. Authorization to photocopy items for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the British Trust for Ornithology for libraries and other users registered with the Copyright Clearance Centre (CCC) Transactional Reporting Service, providing that the base fee of $11.00 per copy is paid directly to CCC, 222 Rosewood Drive, Suite 910, Danvers, MA 01923, USA. 

Special requests should be addressed to Copyright Permissions, British Trust for Ornithology, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2PU, UK; permissions [at]

Bird Study cover, Sam Langlois

Related content