BIO437 Captive Breeding and Reintroduction of Birds (8)


This subject focuses on the areas of ornithology associated with the husbandry of birds in captivity, especially in zoos, as well as the reintroduction of captive-raised birds into the wild. Students build on their existing ornithological knowledge and construct a single-species husbandry manual throughout the subject. Topics covered include the housing, husbandry, nutrition, diet, breeding, and reintroduction of birds, and the management of their health and wellbeing. The subject  does not contain a residential school. On completion, students have an advanced understanding of the principles of zoo aviculture as well as a good understanding of the role of zoo aviculture in re-introduction programs for conservation.

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Session 1
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Environmental Sciences

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

This subject is normally only available to students enrolled in courses at postgraduate level

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have a broad understanding of the role of aviculture in conservation
  • have advanced knowledge of the appropriate captive management of birds including the principles of housing and husbandry, good nutrition and diet, breeding, and the management of health and disease, both in general and for selected species
  • have specialised skills in the captive management of birds including the appropriate methods of keeping records, and the provision of avian enrichment programs
  • have advanced knowledge in the specialised field of the care and rehabilitation of injured birds
  • be able to apply critically their skills and knowledge in order to generate a detailed husbandry manual and plan for the captive breeding of the selected species as part of a reintroduction program


The subject will cover the following topics:
  1. The role of aviculture in conservation;
  2. Principles of avian housing and husbandry;
  3. Principles of avian nutrition and diet;
  4. Avian breeding requirements;
  5. Specialised avian management requirements, including artificial egg incubation and hand-rearing;
  6. Methods of keeping appropriate records;
  7. Avian enrichment;
  8. Avian health and diseases;
  9. Care and rehabilitation of injured birds; and
  10. Captive breeding for conservation: avian reintroduction case studies.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.