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Course Overview


ENV 3100 Tropical Birds


CEA Partner Institution: Veritas University
Location: San José, Costa Rica
Primary Subject Area: Env. Sciences
Other Subject Area: Zoology
Instruction in: English
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 4
Contact Hours: 60


This course will provide an introduction to the major topics in ornithology, with an emphasis on the neotropical avifauna. The major topics of the course include those unique features that make neotropical avifauna a highlight among bird studies, including its evolutionary relationships, a very high species diversity in the Neotropics, and the natural history of Costa Rican birds. With its 900+ species of birds, Costa Rica is a unique country as an introductory neotropical ornithological and birding experience. The two field trips will provide an introduction to the main groups of birds present in Costa Rica, their behavior, and skills to identify them.

It is recommended, but not required, that students complete a basic biology course prior to entering this course.

Previous course title: ENV 3100 Neotropical Ornithology: Birds of Costa Rica
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