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300124 VO The birds of Austria (2020W)

an ecological and conservationbiological overview

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


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


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to the current Covid-situation the lecture will be held only in online modus from November onwards, and made available as recordings via moodle service. More information will be given by email in due course.

  • Friday 27.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Friday 04.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Friday 11.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Friday 18.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Friday 08.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Friday 15.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital
  • Friday 22.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

During the lecture all bird species occurring in Austria as breeders or non-breeding visitors are presented, with details given on numbers, area, trends, habitat requirements, threats and conservation measures. Species important for conservation are discussed in more detail than common and widespread species or vagrants. Topic conservation issues (eg. control of predatory resp. fish eating species, effective conservation of large species) are also discussed. As an introduction basic information on distributional patterns, species turnover, threats und general conditions for bird conservation in Austria is given.
Lecture, illustrated by photographs of each species.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

At the exam a maximum of 25 points can be reached, positive grade from 13 points upwards.

Examination topics

Emphasis is laid upon integrated knowledge, eg.importance of certain habitat types for threatened species or the impact of human use on bird communities.

Reading list

A list with selected references will be made available.

Association in the course directory

MZO W-2, WZB, UF MA BU 01, UF MA BU 04,

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:23