Welcome to the British Ornithologists’ Club


The BOC’s objects are to advance education in the subject of ornithology for the benefit of the public by promoting scientific discussion between members and others interested in ornithology and to facilitate the dissemination of scientific information concerned with ornithology, and in particular avian systematics, taxonomy and distribution.


The BOC produces a Bulletin four times a year. Up to the end of 2016 hard copies were sent to all members. However, from 2017 the Bulletin became an open access online-only publication available for viewing and download at BioOne (click on the button in the right sidebar). We will continue to list the table of contents of each issue at the Bulletin Index page where you will also find the contents from earlier issues.


The latest issue of the BOC Bulletin (Vol. 139, No. 4 – December 2019) is now available for viewing or download. You can view the table of contents, abstracts and references, full text or downloadable PDFs of individual papers as well as the complete issue at the BioOne Complete website. You can also view the table of contents and download a PDF for the complete issue on the BOC website.

This issue contains eight papers of wide interest ranging from Notes on the birds of Isabel, Solomon Islands, including the first record since 1927 of Island Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus maforensis by Lucas H. DeCicco, Serina S. Brady, Sati Hamilton, Adrian Havimana, Xena M. Mapel, Jenna M. McCullough, Karen V. Olson, Ikuo G. Tigulu, Scott L. Travers, Albert Tugu, Michael J. Andersen & Robert G. Moyle to Nesting by dark-bibbed female Beautiful Long-tailed Sunbirds Cinnyris pulchellus and occurrence of dark bibs in both sexes of Beautiful Long-tailed and Gorgeous Sunbirds C. melanogastrus by Robert A. Cheke, Clive R. Barlow & Clive F. Mann and Various Gallus varius hybrids: variation in junglefowl hybrids and Darwin’s interest in them by Hein van Grouw & Wim Dekkers.


The BOC holds regular meetings, mostly in central London (see the Meetings page for location and directions). The meetings are normally free and non-members are welcome.