BIOL-3326 Ornithology – Theory

The course presents general vision of the diversity, classification, evolution, anatomy, physiology, ecology, biogeography and natural history of the different groups in the Class Aves (birds). The main axis of the course is the hypothesis of phylogenetic relations proposed for various bird clades. The phylogenetic  perspective will place different aspects of biology of modern birds in a context of evolution, and illustrate different core concepts in evolution biology taking birds as models for study. Apart from presenting a general overview of birds at a global level, emphasis will be made on the knowledge of diversity, distribution,  systematic and ecology of birds in Colombia. In order to have a basic understanding of the identification of large groups of Colombian birds, theoretical classes and laboratory will be complemented with field trips.