Avian Ecology

Course Information
TitleΟΙΚΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΠΤΗΝΩΝ / Avian Ecology
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID420000121

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
To understand the fundamental principles of avian ecology. To apply concepts of ecology for managing avian communities, species, populations and their habitats. To develop a knowledge of the techniques useful for realizing management plans for birds and their habitats. To develop skills useful for bird handling, capturing, marking, radio-tagging, etc.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course will teach students to introductory issues of avian ecology, social organization, breeding systems and reproductive strategies, and migration strategies of birds. Furthermore, distribution models, habitat selection and foraging theory. It will also teach the factors that influence the breeding period, clutch size and habitat selection. It will demonstrate examples of survival strategies, interspecific relationships and prey-predator interactions focusing on birds. It will also demonstrate handling techniques, such as capturing, ringing, radio-telemetry, blood sampling, captive breeding, as well as habitat management techniques, such as artificial nest establishment etc.
habitat, birds, competition, conservation
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work9
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Βλάχος, Χ.Γ. (2008) Οικολογία Πτηνών. Πανεπιστημιακές Παραδόσεις, Τμήμα Εκδόσεων Α.Π.Θ., Θεσσαλονίκη.
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