An open-content, electronic journal published by the Animal Demography Unit
at the University of Cape Town

Welcome to OO

Ornithological Observations is a semi-scientific e-journal published by the Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town.

Ornithological Observations accepts papers containing information about birds. This includes descriptions of distribution, behaviour, breeding, foraging, food, movement, measurements, habitat and plumage. It will also consider for publication a variety of other interesting or relevant ornithological material: reports of projects and conferences, annotated checklists for a site or region, specialist bibliographies, book reviews and any other interesting or relevant material. Further details and guidelines to authors are on this website.

Ornithological Observations aims to create a platform for scientists and citizen scientists to publish a variety of bird related contributions as quickly as possible. The papers will not be peer-reviewed or refereed, but the Edtiorial Committee will ensure a high standard is maintained. We encourage dialogue and discussion, so papers reflecting on topics already published will be considered. We invite interested parties from all walks of life to submit contributions to be considered for publication. Although Ornithological Observations accepts submissions from anywhere in the world, contributions pertaining South African birds should adhere to the official list of names accepted for the country as published by BirdLife South Africa.

Editorial process: submissions to Ornithological Observations should be in the prescribed format, otherwise it will not be considered for publication and returned to authors.

For further information or enquiries, contact the editor: Arnold van der Westhuizen (OO [at]