This ornithology course originated from lecture notes that I developed over the years. I have retired from teaching and see little reason to have this resouce, such as it is, gather dust in some drawer. In this blog format, I offer it to you as a free, non-credit, self-study exercise. As such, you many expect little or no interaction from me (although I will be glad to hear about possible editorial improvements).
- What is a Bird?
- Ornithology (Ornithology and birding)
- Flight (Advantanges and adaptations for flight)
- Origin and Evolution of Birds (The evolution of flight)
- Taxonomy and Systematics (Species and evolution)
- Ethology (Behavior, innate vs. learning, personal behaviors)
- Social Behavior (Communication, Territory, Flocking, Courtship and Breeding, Nesting, Incubating, and more)
- Migration (The whys and hows of migration, What about birds that don't migrate?)
- Feathers (Kinds, molt, color)
- Ecology (Extinction, Geographical Ecology, Population Ecology)
- History of Ornithology (Very brief, mostly American)
- Concluding Remarks (You could well start here--feeding birds, binoculars, birding organizations)