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An ornithologist is a scientist who specializes in the study of birds. Ornithology is a branch of zoology that deals with the scientific study of birds including their behavior, ecology, evolution, physiology and taxonomy. Ornithologists use a variety of tools and techniques to study birds consisting of field observations, laboratory experiments and genetic analysis. Some ornithologists study the behavior and ecology of birds in their natural habitats observing their breeding patterns, migration routes as well as feeding habits. 

Others study the physiology and genetics of birds investigating their physical and biochemical characteristics as well as their relationships with other species. Moreover, ornithologists play an important role in conservation efforts to protect bird populations and their habitats. They may work with conservation organizations, government agencies or private companies to develop and implement conservation strategies, monitor bird populations and conduct research on the impacts of human activities on bird populations.


  • It is mandatory to have a bachelor’s degree in zoology, animal science or biology.
  • For the UG Program, entrance examinations are conducted like ICAR AIEEA, AMU EE, KCET, KEAM, etcetera. 
  • A master’s degree is not necessary but if students opt for it then it will enhance their expertise and knowledge. 
  • Along with a bachelor’s degree, candidates need to clear Ph.D Program in order to work as an ornithologist. 
  • An internship program is also offered by many companies, so seekers can gain experience in the field of ornithology.

Job Roles

The field of ornithology aims to provide in-depth knowledge and enhance the skills of the students. To do such a task, ornithology presents innumerable job roles. Below mentioned are some job roles:

  • Ecologist
  • Nature Educator
  • Bird Biologist
  • Bird Conservationist
  • Bird Geneticist
  • Aquatic Biologist
  • Airport Wildlife Biologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Wetland Scientist

Employment Sector

  • Wildlife Centres
  • Sanctuaries
  • Forest Department
  • NGOs

Top Recruiters

There are many recruiters from leading companies who enlist potential students in the ornithology field. Following are some Recruiters from where students can find an employment opportunity in India: 

  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research
  • Bird Conservation Society
  • Plants & Animals Welfare Society
  • Wildlife Institute of India
  • Aarakyan 
  • Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History


The salary range may vary from company to company, but the salary of an ornithologist is impressive only in India.


Level of Salary

Annual Level Salary 

Starting Salary

Approx ₹3,00,000 

Mid Level Salary

Approx ₹4,00,000 

Senior Level Salary

Approx ₹5,50,000


  • Science Knowledge
  • Math expertise
  • Knowledge about biology
  • Continue learning
  • Observation skills
  • Communication skills


The career scope of an ornithologist is diverse and offers opportunities in various fields related to birds and wildlife conservation. Ornithologists can work as researchers, conservationists, wildlife biologists, educators, ecotourism experts as well as consultants. 

As researchers, ornithologists can study bird behavior, ecology, physiology, genetics and evolution, working in universities, research institutions or conservation organizations. As conservationists, ornithologists can develop and implement conservation strategies to protect bird populations as well as their habitats, working for conservation organizations or government agencies.


  • Knowledge about different species of bird
  • Handsome salary package
  • Opportunity to travel different places


  • Not a well recognised field
  • Monotonous job
  • Challenging