Sclater was the founder and editor of The Ibis, the journal of the British Ornithologists' Union. He was secretary of the Zoological Society of London from 1860 to 1903.
Among Sclater's more important books were Exotic Ornithology (1866-69) and Nomenclator Avium (1873) both with Osbert Salvin, Argentine Ornithology (1888-89) with W.H. Hudson, and The Book of Antelopes (1894-1900) with Oldfield Thomas.
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