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Journal Cover Art

The Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery has featured beautiful cover art donated by AAV members, professional wildlife photographers and well-known artists over the years. Below is a sampling of this beautiful artwork and photography.


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Note: The following images are protected by copyright and may not be downloaded for any use. You are invited to visit websites listed in the photo credits to view additional work by the artwork contributors.


Issue 31-4 Dec 2017


Blue-headed quail-dove (Starnoenas cyanocephala), endemic to Cuba, where it was previously rather common, but has undergone a substantial decline and now is fairly rare and local. It is classed as endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species of the world. The photograph is of the adult male brooding his two chicks on a nest perched atop an abandoned termitarium, La Ceiba, Ciénaga de Zapata, Cuba, April 2016. ©James W. Wiley.


Issue 31-3 Sept 2017


Willet wave running - This is a photograph of a willet avoiding an incoming wave along the north side of Fort Desoto State Park in Florida.  Willets typically will work the surf throughout the day trying to locate food.  Photo taken April 29, 2016 by photographer Matt Cuda.


Issue 31-1 Mar 2017


Great egret (Ardea alba) in breeding plumage taken at Venice Rookery, an Audubon property in Venice, Florida, on February 17, 2016.  Photo by Chris Powell


Issue 30-4 Dec 2016


Photo of great horned owl babies taken by wildlife photographer John Morrison in Boulder, Colorado.


Issue 30-2 June 2016


Photo of puffin with sand eel was captured in Skomer Island, Wales, UK.  Atlantic puffin are sea birds that only come to land for breeding.  Their serrated palate permits them to hold a great number of fish at the same time to take back to their nesting burrow.  Photo by Fabriola Forns,


Issue 29-4 Dec 2015


This rufous hummingbird was photographed in Sedona, Arizona (USA).  The rufous hummingbirds weigh only a few grams but are relentless attackers at flowers to protect their source of food.  They will travel as far as Alaska to breed during summer and return to Mexico for the winter, a 3,900-mile migration (one-way).  Photographer: Richard Dumoulin


Issue 27-4 Dec 2013


Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus).  This image was taken Grayson A. Doss, DVM (University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville, TN, (USA) at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, LA, USA, during a routine physical examination.  Photographer: AAV Member Dr. Grayson A. Doss


Issue 25-1 Mar 2011


Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus).  Building on the foundation established through studies at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts , Dr Paul Rodenhauser's focus on artistic enrichment expanded full-time in New Mexico.  In Albuquerque, he studied with experts in the fields of painting, photography, pottery, and creative writing at the University of New Mexico, Harwood Art Center, The Art League, and the Coyote Clay Studio.  The models for the oil paintings, which are limited to avian subjects, emerge from Rodenhauser's own photographs. Photo by:  Paul Rodenhauser


Issue 23-2 June 2009


Black-capped donacobius (Donacobius atricapila). Photo by AAV Member Dr. Nico Schoemaker, August 2005, the Pantanal


Issue 21-4 Dec 2007


Artist Jose Moreno is a Bolivian painter presently living in Mexico.  He was born in the Bolivian Amazon and has dedicated his work to jungle life, particularly the birds and Amazon landscapes.  Jose was recommended by Raul Santin, DVM, an AAV member living and practicing in Mexico.  You can see more of Jose Moreno's work at his website,


Issue 21-2 Dec 2007


The archaeopteryx (Archaeopteryx lithographica; "ancient wing from the printing stone") is considered the earliest and most primitive bird and lived in the late Jurassic Period (-150 years ago). This magpie-sized bird had teeth, claws on its wings, and a tail uncharacteristic of modern birds. However, the archaeopteryx did have wings, feathers, and was likely capable of flight similar to birds today. These and other features have led some to believe these animals are the missing link between birds and reptiles. All of the fossils so far have been found in Germany. This particular archaeopteryx is modeled after the "Berlin Specimen" originally found near Blumenberg in 1877. Artwork by: Dr.  M. Scott Echols


Issue 20-1 Mar 2006


Colored pencil on drafting film of a blue-winged mountain tanager (Anisognathus flavinucha) and a flame-faces tanager (Tangara parzudakii) by Dr. Pat Latas, Kendalia, TX, USA.


Issue 19-1 Mar 2005


Airbrush rendering of a finch by Kathy Lyon, Bedford, TX, USA


Issue 12-1 Mar 1998


Painting of a blue-and-gold macaw (Ara ararauna), by Anne-Marie Lacaze.  Goucache watercolor on paper, 32 x 32 cm. 


Issue 11-1 Mar 1997


Illustration by Paola Piglia, London, England


Issue 10-4 Dec 1996


Feather Room, a Healing Chamber, by Hunt Slonen. An installation of feathers from birds in the artist's studio.

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