Zootaxa was founded in 2001 as a new print and online journal of systematic zoology. It was designed to help systematic zoologists to rapidly document and analyze world’s zoological diversity, which includes many undescribed species now threatened by the rapid loss of habitats. Overcoming the ‘taxonomic impediment’ by helping taxonomists to rapidly document world’s undescribed animals is Zootaxa’s main mission.
There were 104 articles on birds as of April 2014, of which 14 were open-access.
Most Zootaxa articles are available only to subscribers or by individual purchase. Several collections of articles, however, are available to download for free. These include: