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Bozeman, MT 59717-3460

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> Department of Ecology
BIOO 470 - Ornithology
Spring 2014

BIOO 470

Lecture: 10:00-10:50 M, W (222 AJM Johnson Hall)
Lab: 1:10-3:00 & 3:10-5:00 Th (407 Lewis Hall)

Course Description

Taxonomy, classification, identification, morphology, physiology, behavior, and ecology of birds. (Prerequisite: BIOO 310 [old=Biol 310] - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy). The lab portion of the course emphasizes the classification and identification of Montana birds using a representative skin collection and CD-ROM teaching software.

Grading & Exam Schedule

Your grade will be based on lecture exams (3 non-cumulative exams, 100 pts. each) and lab practicals (3 non-cumulative exams, 100 pts. each).


Date Lab
Exam 1 Feb  24 Exam 1 Feb 13
Exam 2 March 31
Exam 2 visual ID - Mar 20
acoustic ID - Mar 27
Exam 3 April 30
8 a.m.
Exam 3 visual ID - Apr 17
acoustic ID - April 24


  1. Gill, F. B. 2007. Ornithology. 3rd ed. W. H. Freeman and Co. 758pp.
  2. A field guide to birds. No specific field guide is required but you will need to have 1 of the following: Peterson's guide to Western Birds; Robbins, Bruun, and Zim's Guide to Birds of North America; The Audubon Society's bird guide; or National Geographic's guide to birds. The National Geographic's guide is certainly one of the best and is in the bookstore. Required
  3. Lab manual: purchase at Cards ‘N Copies in the Student Union (~$10).

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