Studies in Avian Biology (SAB) is a book series published by the Cooper Ornithological Society (COST) for longer works in ornithology. This series (formerly Pacific Coast Avifauna) is one of the longest running series in ornithology worldwide. It has been produced by the COS since 1978. The SAB series provides a unique opportunity for synthesis and coordination of key topics in ornithology that cannot be met by peer-reviewed journals. Recent volumes on Greater Sage-Grouse and Northern Spotted Owls received publication awards for contributions to wildlife conservation and management.
The standard format is a set of 10-25 contributed chapters organized around an important topic in ornithology such as new areas of research or techniques, ecologically important habitats, or management of species of conservation concern. Recent volumes have focused on emerging questions in avian disease, the ecology of urban birds, and applications of video surveillance to studies of bird behavior. Studies of arctic shorebirds, boreal forest birds, and northern grouse have contributed to a better understanding of the ecology of birds in sensitive ecosystems. Each volume is guest-edited by a team of 1-3 volume editors who select and coordinate submissions of manuscripts from contributing authors. All manuscripts undergo rigorous peer review, and acceptance of individual manuscripts is based on scientific merit.
Volumes 1-37 were published by the Cooper Ornithological Society, volumes 38-45 by the University of California Press, and from volume 46 onwards the series is published by CRC Press.