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Avian Studies (part 1) - Diploma
Avian Studies (part 1)


 
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This programme looks at the broader world of ornithology and seeks to categorise all the different forms of birds that are found around the world today. It discusses where they are found, characteristics and many other interesting facts.

This large subject is covered in two, four module diploma courses that can be combined to make a higher diploma award.
Course Modules
1. Evolution, Classification and Anatomy
  • Introduction of Avian Studies
  • The Classification of Life
  • Evolution of the Birds
  • Bird Orders
  • Bird Anatomy
  • The skeleton
  • Flight and Feathers
  • Bill Types
  • The Feet and Legs
  • The Digestive System
  • The Senses
  • Hearing
  • Olfaction
  • Taste
  • Vision
  • Touch
  • Bird Reproduction
  • Passerine or Non Passerine - What does this term mean?

2. Raptors
  • What defines a Raptor?
  • Orders and families of the raptors
  • Raptor Anatomy
  • Accipitridae - a varied family
  • Eagles
  • Hawks
  • Kites
  • Buzzards
  • Western Honey Buzzard
  • Falconidae
  • Falcons and Caracaras
  • The Barred Forest Falcon
  • Pygmy Falcon
  • Laughing Falcon
  • Caracaras
  • Cathartidae and Accipitridae - the vultures and condors
  • Lammergeier
  • Pandionidae
  • Osprey
  • Sagittaridae
  • Secretary Bird
  • Tytonidae and Strigidae
  • The Digestive System of the owl
  • Barn Owl

3. Land birds part 1 (Non passerines)
  • Apodiformes - swifts, swiftlets and hummingbirds
  • Order Columbiformes - Columbidae
  • Order Galliformes - Cracidae, Megapodidiidae, Numididae and Phasinidae
  • Blue Peafowl
  • Black Grouse
  • Order Cuculiformes - comprises three families, cuculidae, opisthocomidae and musophagidae
  • The Cuckoo
  • The Hoatzin
  • Order Caprimulgiformes - Nightjars, Frogmouths and their relatives
  • Order Coliiformes - Speckled Mousebird
  • Order Trogoniformes - trogons
  • Order Piciformes - woodpeckers, toucans, honeyguides, puffbirds, barbets and jacamars
  • Indicatoridae
  • Greater Honeyguide or Black Throated Honeyguide
  • Ramphastidae
  • Toco Toucan
  • Order Coraciiformes
  • Alcedinidae
  • The Laughing Kookaburra
  • Todidae
  • The Jamaican Tody
  • Momotidae -birds of South America
  • Meropidae - The bee-eaters
  • Coracidae, Brachypteridae and Leptosomatidae - vividly coloured family found in Africa and Southern Europe
  • Scaled Ground Roller
  • Upupidae
  • The Hoopoe
  • Phoeniculidae - group of birds known as wood-hoopoes
  • Scimitarbill
  • Bucerotiformes - Hornbills
  • The Southern Ground Hornbill
  • The Great Hornbill or Great Indian Hornbill
  • The Rhinoceros Hornbill
  • Psittaciformes - Parrots

4. Freshwater Birds part 1
  • Introduction to Water Birds
  • Anseriformes - all the ducks, geese and swans
  • Ducks
  • Teal aka Green-winged Teal
  • Mandarin Duck
  • Goosander
  • Whistling Ducks
  • Geese
  • Greylag Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Swans
  • Mute Swan
  • Black Swan
  • Podicipediformes
  • The Grebes
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Little Grebe
  • Charadriiformes
  • Jacanidae
  • Rostratulidae
  • (Greater) Painted Snipe
  • Recurvirostridae
  • Ibidorhynctidae
  • The Ibis Bill
  • Haematopodidae
  • The Eurasian Oyster Catcher
  • Scolopacidae
  • The Eurasian (Common) Curlew
  • Charadriidae
  • The Blacksmith Plover
  • Phoenicopteriformes - flamingos


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