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300050 EX EX to voices of Austrian birds (2023S)

2.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 40 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Introductory briefing on Wednesday 1.3.2023; 16.45, seminar room 1.5, Biology Building Djerassiplatz 1

The following excursions are planned: four morning excursions, each from 7-9 on Thursdays: 23.3., 20.4., 27.4. and 11.5.2023; three whole-day excursions on Saturdays: 29.4., 6.5., 10.6.2023. Details will be given at the introductory briefing.

Wednesday 01.03. 16:45 - 17:15 Seminarraum 1.5, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.012, Ebene 1 (Kickoff Class)


Aims, contents and method of the course

Four morning excursions (lasting from 7am to 9am) and three whole-day excursions from March to June. Practical application of knowledge of songs and calls of common, widespread bird species and/or species of special conservation concern, complementary to the lecture Stimmen heimischer Vögel (voices of Austrian birds, LV-Nr. 300499). The correct identification and interpretation of the bird songs and calls heard is practised. At the same time, explanations on identification by plumage are given as well as information on the life history and habitat needs of the species observed. An overview of the bird communities of the sites visited shall be achieved as much as possible. The sites can be reached by means of public transport. The morning excursions lead to places in or at the edge of Vienna (Schönbrunn park, Prater alluvial forest, Vienna Woods, Vienna central cemetary). The whole-day excursions lead to the alluvial floodplains of the river March, to Seewinkel and to montane areas south of Vienna (Hohe Wand).

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance control, summary reports for morning and full day excursions.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Identification and interpretation of bird songs and calls in the field, and more generally identifying birds in the field.
Minimum requirement is the participation in at least five out of the seven excursions (among them at least two have to be full day excursions) and the provision of species lists for each excursion. No grades are given, just confirmation of participation (positive or negative).

Examination topics

as above

Reading list

A list of useful references including sound recordings is distributed at the beginning of the course.

Association in the course directory

UF BU 10, MZO W-2, MZO W4, UF MA BU 01

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