In 1964, the SCAR Sub-Committee on Bird-Banding met in France, meeting again at two-year intervals.

From 1972, it called itself the SCAR Subcommittee on Bird Biology, meeting regularly in the 1970s.

In the first half of the 1980s, the group was reconstituted as the BIOMASS Working Party on Bird Ecology, which met annually until 1984.

In 1986 the group was once more reconstituted as the SCAR Bird Biology Subcommittee (SCAR-BBS), which met biennially until its last meeting, held in Jena, Germany in June 2002.

The SCAR-Group of Experts on Birds held its first meeting in Texel, The Netherlands, in July 2004.

The SCAR-Group of Experts on Birds will meet again in 2006.

Minutes of meetings of the above-named groups have been published in turn in the Polar Record and the SCAR Bulletin, Cormorant and currently in Marine Ornithology. A full list of the groups’ publications from 1965 to 1993 is given in Marine Ornithology 21: 103-104 (1993).

At its inaugural meeting in July 2004, the SCAR-Group of Experts on Birds adopted its Terms of Reference, which had been discussed and approved in draft form in 2002. These were endorsed at its 2004 meeting, held in Bremen, Germany.

Terms of Reference

  1. Encourage, coordinate and support pure and applied research on Antarctic and subantarctic birds. Foster the entry of young scientists to these research efforts.
  2. Undertake the on-going compilation and synthesis of existing long-term and broad-scale data on the distribution and abundance of Antarctic and subantarctic birds,
  3. Contribute to the conservation and management of Antarctic and subantarctic birds through the appropriate utilisation and interpretation of currently available scientific data.
  4. Provide scientific advice, information and recommendations to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and other Antarctic Treaty System ATS fora in relation to all aspects of Antarctic and subantarctic ornithological issues such as tourism and logistics.