Overseas Birding Associations / Groups

ABCThe African Bird Club is a UK registered charity which is managed on a voluntary basis by a Council of trustees. The Club was formed in 1994 following a proposal by a number of people with a common interest in African ornithology.
The American Birding Association is a non-profit organization that provides leadership to birders by increasing their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of birding and the only organization in North America that specifically caters to recreational birders.
ABConAmerican Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist — the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.
AOUThe American Ornithologists Union (AOU) was founded in 1883 and is the largest ornithological society in the Western Hemisphere and one of the oldest organizations in the world devoted to the scientific study and conservation of birds.
AudubonAudubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
BLIBirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership. There are 119 BirdLife Partners worldwide.
Birds Canada is a non-profit, charitable organization. Our mission is to conserve wild birds through sound science, on-the-ground actions, innovative partnerships, public engagement, and science-based advocacy.
BKBirds Korea is dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats in Korea and the wider Yellow Sea Eco-region, working through research, education and public-awareness raising activities, consultation and collaboration, and well-focused advocacy.
OSNZBirds New Zealand, the popular name for The Ornithological Society of New Zealand Inc. was formally established on 24 May 1940 and incorporated in 1953.
Birds New Zealand is committed to the study of birds and their habitat use within New Zealand through encouraging members and organising projects and schemes.
BOCThe British Ornithologist Club (BOC) objects are to promote scientific discussion between members and others interested in ornithology and to disseminate scientific information concerned with ornithology through the publication of its Bulletin. The BOC’s primary focus is on avian systematics, taxonomy and distribution.
BirdWatch Ireland established in 1968 is the largest independent conservation organisation in Ireland. The primary objective of BirdWatch Ireland is the protection of wild birds and their habitats in Ireland.
BOUThe British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU)

Founded in 1858, the British Ornithologists Union (BOU) is one of the world's oldest and most respected ornithological organisations with an international membership stretching across all continents.
The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is an independent charitable research institute combining professional and citizen science aimed at using evidence of change in wildlife populations, particularly birds, to inform the public, opinion-formers and environmental policy- and decision-makers. Our impartiality enables our data and information to be used both by Government and NGO campaigners.
COSThe Cooper Ornithological Society (COS) commemorates an early western naturalist, Dr. James G. Cooper. Since its inception, the COS has worked to disseminate ornithological knowledge, mentor young professionals, and promote the conservation of birds and wildlife in general.
HKBWSHong Kong Bird Watching Society (HKBWS), which is the only local civil society aiming at appreciating and conserving Hong Kong birds and natural environment, was established in 1957.
IOUOrnithology is a global discipline addressing all levels of biology from ecosystems to molecules, linking basic and applied research, and nurturing education and outreach. The International Ornithologists Union (IOU seeks to support, promote, and advance avian biology
IWSGThe International Wader Study Group (IWSG) is an organisation of enthusiastic professionals and amateurs researching waders, also called shorebirds.

The Neotropical Ornithological Society (NOS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of birds and their habitats in the Neotropical Region.

Oriental Bird Club, a UK registered charity, is for birders and ornithologists around the world who are interested in birds of the Oriental region and their conservation.
Pacific Seabird GroupThe Pacific Seabird Group is dedicated to the study and conservation of Pacific Seabirds and their environment.
RNBWSEstablished in 1946 to help and encourage members serving in the RN, RM and WRNS, in the observation and study of birds at sea, the Royal Naval Birdwatching Society (RNBWS) has widened its membership to include all those interested in bird watching and who share a common background – the sea itself.
RSPBThe Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home.
SOCThe Scottish Ornithologists' Club (SOC) is Scotland’s bird club. It aims to promote the study, recording and conservation of wild birds and their habitats throughout Scotland.
SCOThe Society of Canadian Ornithologists - Société des ornithologistes du Canada (SCO-SOC) is an organization of Canada's ornithological community.
The Waterbird Society is an international scientific, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study and conservation of waterbirds.
Wetlands International are a global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands.
The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) set up at Slimbridge by in 1946 (Sir) Peter Scottas a centre for science and conservation.
WOSThe Wilson Ornithological Society is a world-wide organization of nearly 2500 people who share a curiosity about birds.

Updated: 20/04/2021