Because of their
diversity (10,000 species), bright colors, song, and ability
to fly, birds are one of the most conspicuous groups of animals
that we encounter in our lives. Ornithology is the science that
studies the biology of these fascinating animals.
This course is
designed to provide students with a basic introduction to the
biology of birds. Lecture topics include the origin of birds,
basic morphology and physiology, feathers and flight, migration,
mating systems and breeding biology, ecology, evolution, and
behavior. Lectures emphasize current research and the scientific
study of birds. The laboratory is strongly field-oriented and
will emphasize the identification and natural history of Georgia
birds. Students will also gain experience with field research
techniques. This course is designed for upper-level biology majors,
but may also be useful for anyone with an interest in birds.