Welcome to SORA, the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive

SORA is the world's first and largest open access ornithological publications archive. This resource is the product of collaborations between the American Ornithologists Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, the Association of Field Ornithologists, the Wilson Ornithological Society and the University of New Mexico Libraries. SORA provides access to an extensive library of ornithological literature of international scope, and detailed material documenting the history of ornithology in North America over the last 120 years.


You do not need an account to browse and search through journal titles, or to download individual articles as PDF files.  Use the links on the left to browse specific journals, or fill in the search form on the right to find specific information.


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SORA was developed and is hosted by the University of New Mexico Libraries

SORA Updates for 2017

Welcome, Mississippi Kite, Oriole, and Ohio Cardinal!  Thank you to the Mississippi Ornithological Society, the Georgia Ornithological Society, and the Ohio Ornithological Society for providing access to their journals and preparing the files for inclusion in SORA.


SORA News 2016:

We’re happy to announce the following new partners who are providing access to their publications within SORA:

The Alabama Ornithological Society is making available issues of their periodic journal, Alabama Birdlife.  Volume 1 (1953) is online.

The Maryland Ornithological Society publishes the bimonthly journal Maryland Birdlife. Volumes 1-61 (1945 – 2005) are now online.

The Illinois Ornithological Society is providing issues of their quarterly magazine, Meadowlark. Three issues are online, with more being added soon.

Ontario Field Ornithologists will be making available issues of Ontario Birds. Volume 32 (2014) is now online.

The Texas Ornithological Society publishes the periodic Bulletin of the Texas Ornithological Society. Volumes 1-22 (1967-1989) are now available in SORA.

Other new partners include:

  • African Seabird Group
  • Pacific Seabird Group (PSG)
  • Australasian Seabird Group
  • Seabird Group (U.K.)
  • Dutch Seabird Group
  • Japan Seabird Group

The seabird groups collaborate to produce the biannual Marine Ornithology journal.  Multiple volumes are available and more are being added daily.

Feel free to contact us if you have questions or would like to become a SORA partner!

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