Ornithology

Course Code :2001WETORN
Study domain:Biology
Bi-anuall course:Taught in academic years starting in an odd year
Academic year:2018-2019
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:40
Credits:4
Study load (hours):112
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Erik Matthysen
Marcel Eens

3. Course contents *

The course starts with a brief overview of typical characteristics of birds and addresses some new insighs in evolution and taxonomy of birds. An excursion offers an initial training in species identification. A number of typical elements from the lifestyle of birds are discussed such as migration, navigation and orientation, communcation and cognition, and sexual selection. Finally the course addresses the conservation of bird populations, and the use of birds as indicators of biodiversity and environmental quality.