Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
BMZA 202
Course Title:
Zoo Biology & Management II - Birds
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Course Description

Examines the diversity of avian taxa and how this relates to their captive husbandry and management needs and conservation issues. Department permission required. Prerequisites: BMZA 101. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Effectively research and communicate information about a diversity of birds to a variety of audiences.
  • Manage captive populations of birds in a team environment through the appropriate application of knowledge of their specific biology and husbandry requirements.
  • Advocate for avian conservation programs

Course Activities and Design

The format for this course is traditional lecture presentations and class discussions. Lecture will be presented utilizing a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Quizzes and final exam
  • Term paper.
  • Team husbandry presentation
  • Participation in class discussions.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, & Issues

  • Evolution & Taxonomy of Birds
  • Avian Biology
  • Avian Husbandry
    • Enclosures
    • Health Management
    • Feeding
    • Breeding
  • Taxonomy, Biology, Husbandry, & Conservation of:
    • Tinamous & Ratites
    • Cracids & Gallinaceous birds
    • Waterfowl
    • Softbills
    • Parrots 
    • Birds of Prey 
    • Pigeons & Gruids 
    • Shorebirds & Waders
    • Passerines etc (PACCT TAG)
  • Avian Conservation Projects

Process Skills

  • Locate and demonstrate understanding of both general information and peer reviewed research regarding biology, husbandry, and conservation of birds
  • Clear written and oral presentation of information regarding birds
  • Work as part of a team to develop presentations and present information
  • Chart egg weight loss and make appropriate incubation decisions based on results