Courses of Study 2021-2022 
    Jan 24, 2022  
Courses of Study 2021-2022
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ANSC 2150 - Exotic Avian Biology and Management

Fall. 1 credit. S/U grades only (no audit).

Prerequisite or corequisite: BIOAP 1100 , or one semester of college-level biology, or permission of instructor.

D. Muscarella.

This course addresses the biology and management of exotic avian species with an emphasis on Psittacines (i.e. parrots and related species). Lectures cover a comprehensive range of topics, including: an introduction to the diversity, morphology, and natural history of Psittacine species, as well as care, nutrition, behavior, disease prevention, and welfare of captive Psittacines. Pressures facing Psttacines in their natural habitat will be addressed, with an emphasis on the role of field management and captive breeding/reintroduction programs in Psittacine conservation.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to explain the taxonomy, natural history, morphological and behavioral characteristics of species that comprise the avian order Psittaciformes (i.e. parrots) - a group of highly intelligent and social birds that have been significantly impacted by human activities.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to recognize the major requirements for the care and breeding of psittacines in captivity, including: husbandry, nutrition, mate selection/reproduction, care of neonates, and disease prevention.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to discuss the anthropomorphic factors that impact wild populations of psittacines and critically assess the benefits and limitations of captive breeding & reintroduction programs as compared to in situ approaches in psittacine conservation.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to describe the various laboratory and field studies that enhanced our understanding of the cognitive capacities, social dynamics, and vocal communication abilities of psittacines, and consider how this information should inform our decisions regarding the well-being of individual parrots in captive situations and future of wild psittacine populations.

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