Biology | Biology of Birds
L376 | 5314 | Hengeveld, S

Course name: Biology of Birds

Course format: Lecture / Lab (lecture 75 minutes twice/week; 4 labs
8:00am-11:00 and 5 field trips 7:00-11:00am)

Course description: The course is a 4 credit lecture/lab course
intended for biology majors. The course provides a general overview
of avian systematics, distribution, evolution, ecology, and
behavior; emphasis is placed on avian physiology, migration and
orientation, territoriality, communication, and reproductive
behaviors. Field trips concentrate on visual and auditory
identification of local birds, interpretation of behavior and
interactions between birds, and field study research methods. Labs
focus on the study of taxonomy, topography, feather structure,
plumages and molts, sexual dimorphism, and anatomy.

Required textbook: Gill (2007) Ornithology, 3rd edition

Exams/Papers: Three essay exams, including a cumulative final;
taxonomy & identification quizzes; 1-2 page thought-pieces on
primary research articles; class presentation.