Do you enjoy birdwatching? If so, you might like to extend your knowledge and learn about bird biology, physiology, and taxonomy and improve your ability to identify different bird types. This course is ideal for life scientists, environmental researchers and consultants, amateur bird watchers or anyone working or aspiring to work with birds.
The Certificate of Ornithology (Bird Studies) is a professional development course that will provide the knowledge required to identify, understand and manage birds.
In this bird studies course, you will learn about the many different species of birds, bird physiology and habitats, common ailments and bird care, and how to attract, feed and keep birds.
On completion of this course, you will have a foundation understanding of birds, their biology, habitats and classification to indulge in a hobby or further your career.
Unit - Ornithology
Unit 1 – Classification and Introduction to Bird watching.
Nature and scope of ornithology (over 9,000 species)
Place of Birds in Nature
Bird Classification (Aves, Ratitae, Carinate)
Use of common names and scientific names
Fossil or Extinct Birds
Classes and Sub Classes
Comparing characteristics of different Super orders
Comparing characteristics of all major bird Families
Resources for further information
Bird Watching equipment
Unit 2 – The Biology of Birds.
Wing Types (elliptical, high speed, long soaring, high lift)
Unit 6 – Hunters -Birds of Prey, Owls, and Kingfishers.
Breeding behaviours of birds of prey
Unit 7 – Passeriformes.
Scope of “songbirds” or “perching birds”.
Features common to Passeriformes
Varieties of Passeriformes (Primitive and Advanced)
Flycatchers, Larks, Pippits, Wingtails
Swallows and Martins; physical characteristics, breeding and nesting
Unit 8 – Other Birds.
Parrots; structure, feeding, breeding, species
Unit 9 – Attracting, Feeding and Keeping Birds.
How plants benefit birds
Plants that attract birds
Bird Care; parasites, catching and handling, caring for a sick bird
When you study with Australian Online Courses you will be assessed using a competency-based training method. Competency-based training focuses on a learner’s ability to receive, respond to and process information to achieve a competency result. As such, skills-based and knowledge assessments are geared towards attainment to meet industry-defined standards.
Assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, including short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.