ScientificIn accordance with the philosophy and methods of science, which attempts to collect, classify and explain those facts which are expressions of the operation of natural laws. In academic terms ornithology forms part of the science of zoology. Scientific method emphasises accuracy and objectivity, hence the importance of the collection of quantitative data and its statistical analysis in scientific research on birds.
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From Peter Weaver's Birdwatcher's Dictionary
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