ORNITHOLOGY – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  08/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

The course consists of nine lessons. 1. Classification and Introduction to Bird watching. • Nature and scope of ornithology (over 9,000 species) • Place of Birds in Nature • Bird Classification (Aves, Ratitae, Carinate) • Use of common names and scientific names • Fossil or Extinct Birds • Classes and Sub Classes • Comparing characteristics of different Super orders • Comparing characteristics of all major bird Families • Resources for further information • Bird Watching equipment 2. The Biology of Birds. • Anatomical features • Skeleton • Feathers • Feather Colour • Wings • Wing Types (elliptical, high speed, long soaring, high lift) • Legs and Feet • Beaks and Bills • Internal Structure • Respiration • Excretion • Digestion • Circulation • Senses • Avian Behaviours (Flight, Diving, Reproduction, Courtship, Bonding, Territoriality, Nesting) • Formation of Eggs and Hatching • Feeding • Vocalisations • Migration • Habitats 3. Common and Widespread Land Birds. • Eagles and Relatives … Carthatidae (New Worldvultures, condors) • Pandionidae (osprey) • Accipitridae (hawks, eagles, kites) • Sagittariidae (secretary bird) • Falconidae (falcons, caracaras) • Crows and their Relatives • Butcher birds, Currawongs and related birds • Pigeons (structure, feeding, breeding, types) • Doves • The Dodo • Cuckoos • Pestand Introduced Birds (for man countries) … Indian Mynah, Sparrow, Thrush, Starling, etc 4. Giant Birds and Long Legged Birds • Ratitites …Ostrich, Emu, Moa, Rhea, Cassowary, Kiwi, South American Tinamous, extinct giant Elephant bird and Dodo • Herons, Storks and relatives 5. Seabirds and Water birds. • Anseriformes … ducks, geese, swans etc • Gruiformes …cranes, coots, mud hens, rails • Charadriiformes … sandpipers, snipes, curlews, plovers, dotterels, etc • Gaviiformes … divers • Gulls, Skuas, Orks, Puffins, Terns • Tube Nosed Birds • Albatrosses • Petrels, Storm Petrels and Diving Petrels • Pelicans and Relatives • Gannets • Cormorants • Boobies, Frigate Birds, Tropic Birds • Penguins 6. Hunters -Birds of Prey, Owls, and Kingfishers. • Eagles • Eagle species • Hawks • Kites • Osprey • Falcons • Vultures • Owls • Breeding behaviours of birds of prey • Kingfishers 7. Passeriformes. • Scope of "songbirds" or "perching birds". • Features common to Passeriformes • Varieties of Passeriformes (Primitive and Advanced) • Muscicapidae … thrush • Robins • Flycatchers, Larks, Pippits, Wingtails • Swallows and Martins; physical characteristics, breeding and nesting • Fringilllidae … finches 8. Other Birds. • Parrots … structure, feeding, breeding, species • Honeyeaters, Swifts • Galliformes … chicken. • Other Orders 9. Attracting, Feeding and Keeping Birds. • How plants benefit birds • Plants that attract birds • Feeding Birds • Bird Care …parasites, catching and handling, caring for a sick bird • Common Ailments Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Environmental/ORNITHOLOGY-BEN102-372.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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