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Birds Feathers, Avian Flight and Diversity

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Cambridge Open Academy


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11 hours
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No formal qualification
15 CPD hours / points
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  • Certificate of Completion (Hard Copy) - £9.99
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Embark on an extraordinary journey through the captivating world of Ornithology. Explore bird feathers, avian flight, and the mesmerizing diversity of these winged wonders. Uncover the secrets of their enchanting vocalizations, intricate nests, and remarkable migration patterns. Join us as we delve into the realm of birds and discover the hidden wonders that adorn our skies.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the fundamental principles and concepts of Ornithology.
  • Identify and classify bird species based on their characteristics.
  • Analyze the structure and functions of feathers and their role in avian flight.
  • Interpret bird vocalizations, nests, territory, and migration patterns.
  • Gain insights into bird behavior, reproduction, and conservation strategies.


15 CPD hours / points
Accredited by CPD Quality Standards

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Through twelve comprehensive modules, you will gain a deep understanding of the ornithological realm. Begin by laying the foundation with an Introduction to Ornithology, where you will discover the key concepts and principles. Move on to unravel the Classification of Birds, exploring their taxonomy and evolutionary relationships.

Dive into the realm of avian diversity, exploring different bird species, their unique adaptations, and ecological roles. Uncover the topography of birds, understanding their external anatomy and how it influences their behavior and survival strategies.

Explore the captivating world of feathers and avian flight, learning about their structure, functions, and the astonishing feats birds achieve in the air. Delve into the intricate web of bird activity and behavior, and decipher the language of their enchanting vocalizations.

Discover the secrets of bird nests and nest-building, as well as the intriguing process of reproduction, egg formation, and hatching. Gain insights into bird territory and migration patterns, understanding their remarkable navigational abilities.

Finally, explore the critical field of bird conservation and learn how you can contribute to safeguarding these magnificent creatures and their habitats.

Who is this course for?

  • Aspiring ornithologists and bird enthusiasts seeking to deepen their knowledge.
  • Biology students or researchers interested in avian studies.
  • Wildlife conservationists and environmentalists working with bird populations.
  • Educators or educators-in-training looking to incorporate ornithology into their curriculum.

Career path

  • Ornithologist: £20,000 - £40,000 per year.
  • Wildlife biologist: £25,000 - £50,000 per year.
  • Conservation officer: £22,000 - £35,000 per year.
  • Environmental consultant: £25,000 - £45,000 per year.
  • Ecologist: £22,000 - £40,000 per year.
  • Research scientist: £30,000 - £60,000 per year.

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Certificate of Completion (PDF)

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Certificate of Completion (Hard Copy)

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Note: Delivery of hardcopy certificate is free within the United Kingdom. However, to obtain a hardcopy certificate, international students have to pay £19.99 for the shipment to their designated address.


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