Biology 4433/5433 - Ornithology

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Class Information

Class syllabus (in PDF)

Observation form



Bird lists from field trips

17 February 2010 (Palo Duro Canyon and retirement pond)

3 March 2010 (Horse Center and S.E. Park)

8 April 2010 (Amarillo Parks)


1 April 2009 (Palo Duro Canyon)

8 April 2009 (Palo Duro Canyon)

15 April 2009 (WTAMU Horse Center and SE Park)

Class Resources

Photo quiz study guides:

    Photo quiz 1 (Anseriformes)

    Photo quiz 2 (Galliformes, Podicipediformes, Pelecaniformes, and Ciconiiformes)

    Photo quiz 3 (Falconiformes and Gruiformes)

    Photo quiz 4 (Charadriiformes)

    Photo quiz 5  (Columbiformes, Cuculiformes, Strigiformes, Caprimulgiformes, Apodiformes, and Coraciiformes)

    Photo quiz 6 (Piciformes and Passeriformes through the loggerhead shrike)

    Photo quiz 7 (Passeriformes; blue jay through the wrens)

    Photo quiz 8 (Passeriformes; Kinglets through warblers)

Checklist of Panhandle birds (PDF)

Pigeon dissection images

Links of interest:

Panhandle Bird Club
Web page for the Texas Panhandle Bird Club contains information on birds and birding in the Texas Panhandle. 
Includes bird reports by month, bird checklists, field trip schedules, etc.

Macaulay Library 
An online archive of bird and animal behavior - lots of bird calls!
Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter
This site contains photographs, songs, videos, identification tips, 
maps, and life history information for North American birds. 

Species, Age and Sex Identification of Ducks Using Wing Plumage
This is a great site that provides all of the information necessary to identify species, age, and sex of ducks by using only their wings.

Waterfowl Identification in the Central Flyway
This site contains paintings of ducks in various stages of plumage, photos of wings, and descriptions of distinguishing characteristics and is designed to serve as an aid to identification of birds in hand and in flight.

Ducks at a Distance: A Waterfowl Identification Guide
This site is designed to aid in recognition of birds on the wing.  It emphasizes fall and winter plumage patterns and size, shape, and flight characteristics.