CFO is committed to encouraging new birders to learn and contribute to the conservation and knowledge of Colorado birds.



Colorado Birds, the CFO's quarterly journal, covers identification, distribution, behavior, ecology, and conservation of the state's avifauna. Each issue includes the latest information about notable bird occurrences in Colorado plus information on CFO activities.


Click the cover for the table of contents and to read sample articles in PDF format.

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July 2014

October 2013

January 2014

April 2013

April 2014

July 2013

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"The Hungry Bird" is a regular column by Dave Leatherman on what birds eat. An understanding of diet brings birding skills to the next level, helping to predict when and where birds will occur, and what they will be doing.

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"In the Scope" is a regular column by Tony Leukering on identification challenges, featuring color photos on the journal's back cover.

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Instructions to Contributors to Colorado Birds

Colorado Birds is devoted to the field study of birds in Colorado. Articles and short notes of general or scientific interest are solicited; potential authors are encouraged to submit any materials that contribute to the enjoyment and understanding of birds in Colorado. The preferred submission format is electronic, via e-mail attachment or on an IBM-formatted 3.5" diskette. Typed or hand-written manuscripts are also accepted.

Photos or art: submit black & white or color material (generally published in black & white); slides or prints are accepted; scanned TIFF (*.tif) images can be submitted via e-mail, 3.5" diskette, or CD. Include information about photos/art/graphics (what/where/when/whom/medium used, etc.).

Art and photos will be returned to you; however, manuscripts and diskettes will not, unless specifically requested. While your materials will receive the utmost care, the Colorado Field Ornithologists (CFO), or any representative, cannot be responsible for materials lost in the mail or due to other circumstances beyond our control.

Manuscripts reporting formal scientific research are sent out for peer review.

Contributors who are not members of CFO will receive a complimentary copy of the Colorado Birds in which their articles appear.

Deadlines for submissions are: December 1 for January issue, March 1 for April issue, June 1 for July issue, and September 1 for October issue. Contributors are encouraged to submit materials early; materials received after these dates will be held for publication in future issues.

For instructions about sending manuscripts/photographs/artwork, email: CB Editor


Requests for a one-time free sample of CB, additional issues, or for back issues, should be sent to our Membership Director.

1967-2000 Colorado Birds JOURNAL INDEX

A subject Index to the first 34 years of the Journal is now available. This supplement to Volume 36, was carefully compiled by long-term CFO member Warren Finch and edited by past Journal editors Cynthia Melcher and Scott Gillihan. This 62-page Index references all published articles from 1967-2000, organized by subject words taken from titles and selected key subjects from the text. Click here to read this supplement.

» For questions about Colorado Birds Quarterly please contact the CB Editor

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