This subject provides an in-depth overview of the biology of birds. This includes the structure and function of feathers, the skeletal, muscle and physiological adaptations allowing flight, the highly efficient respiratory, circulatory and excretory systems supporting endurance, and the structure of the brain and sensory organs that underlie bird behaviour. Special attention is paid to how the anatomy and physiology has evolved differently across species to allow birds to survive in a particular environment. During the second part of this subject, students will gain in-depth knowledge about the main, usually annual events that marks a bird's life: reproduction, moult and migration. On completion of this subject, students will know and understand the fundamentals of bird biology and be able to apply this knowledge to further study bird ecology, evolution, behaviour and conservation.
School of Environmental Sciences
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