Australian Field Ornithology has been in publication since 1959.

Purple Swamphen by Mark Loh

Australian Field Ornithology (AFO) is a peer-reviewed journal publishing original papers on a broad spectrum of topics relating to Australasian ornithology, including:

  • Ecology
  • Behaviour
  • The history of individual species and groups.

AFO also publishes significant natural history observations and has a particular emphasis on data or observations gained in the field.

Formerly published by Bird Observation and Conservation Australia, AFO was first published in 1959 as The Australian Bird Watcher, and took on its present title in 2003.

The body of work contained in the journal has added greatly to our knowledge of Australia’s birds and continues to do so. To illustrate its value, AFO was an important source of data for the authoritative Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds (HANZAB)

Contributions are welcome from anyone researching or observing birds in the Australasian region (including Australia and its Territories, as well as Wallacea, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia), particularly those reporting data derived from observing birds in the field.

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