Department of Natural Sciences

The Institute for Ornithology

Head of: Nikola Ljubešić, F.C.A.
Director: Ph.D. Jelena Kralj

Gundulićeva 24, 10000 Zagreb
Phone +385(0)14825404
Phone +385(0)14825401
Fax +385(0)14825401

The Institute of Ornithology was founded in 1901 as the Croatian Ornithological Center. Its activities focus on systematic ecological, faunistic, and taxonomic ornithological research; since 1910 it has explored the migratory systems of birds in Croatia. The Ornithological Station on the island of Cres has been part of the Institute since 1996.

The institute has the most complete ornithological library in this part of Europe (over 3,000 books and 400 periodicals). It receives 260 foreign periodicals and about twenty from Croatia in exchange for the Institute's annual journal Larus (published since 1947), which contains scientific articles, announcements, reviews, etc.

The institute collections are valuable for their numerous samples (over 8,000, the oldest dating from the nineteenth century) which were collected in Croatia and neighbouring countries, and even in northern Europe.

Other important activities of the institute include bird protection (ornithological natural reserves, environmental protection in general), education and popularization, as well as work on Croatian ornithological terminology.


Gyps fulvus, a bird which is studied and protected by the Academy's ornitologist



updated: 11/04/14
edited by: D. Torbica


Science research unit

Museum-gallery unit

Rest units

  • Trsteno Arboretum
  • Archives
  • Library
  • Foundation of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts