project aims to explore the life of birds, in
particular during their reproductive season, when
their activities reach the top, and it is possible
to listen to their calls and songs, follow the
making of their nests, the laying of the eggs and
the parental cares. The course will concern the
identification of the species, the ecology of
birds, the behaviour, the different ecological
niches, the interactions among different species.
It will focus on the italian species and it will
include theorical lectures and field work.
Morphology, phylogeny and systematics (3hr,
morning): morphological features and physiology
of birds; adaptations to fly; structure of
feathers and plumes; the wing; different kind of
flight; orders of italian birds and most
Field work (afternoon): birdwatching and
listening of calls and songs, in woods and
(nocturnal): listening and identification of
calls and songs of owls and other nocturnal
species, in village.
Field work (full day): birdwatching and
listening of calls and songs, in riparian
environments, woods and countryside.
are kindly requested to bring binoculars (best 7x30
or 8x30 or 7x40) and comfortable wearing for