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300499 VO Voices of Austrian birds (2014S)

Introduction to the songs and calls of Austrian birds

1.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie

Vorbesprechung: 05.03.2014; 17.15 Uhr Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstr. 14 (gemeinsam mit LV 300028)

Vorlesungen jeweils Mi von 17.15 bis 19.00 Uhr, Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, 1090 Wien, an folgenden Terminen:
19.3., 26.3., 2.4., 30.4., 7.5., 21.5., 18.6.

Details

Language: German

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 05.03. 17:15 - 18:00 Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, Z2.027 1.OG
Wednesday 19.03. 17:15 - 18:00 Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, Z2.027 1.OG
Wednesday 26.03. 17:15 - 18:00 Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, Z2.027 1.OG
Wednesday 02.04. 17:15 - 18:00 Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, Z2.027 1.OG
Wednesday 09.04. 17:15 - 18:00 Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, Z2.027 1.OG
Wednesday 30.04. 17:15 - 18:00 Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, Z2.027 1.OG
Wednesday 07.05. 17:15 - 18:00 Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, Z2.027 1.OG
Wednesday 14.05. 17:15 - 18:00 Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, Z2.027 1.OG
Wednesday 21.05. 17:15 - 18:00 Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, Z2.027 1.OG
Wednesday 28.05. 17:15 - 18:00 Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, Z2.027 1.OG
Wednesday 04.06. 17:15 - 18:00 Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, Z2.027 1.OG
Wednesday 11.06. 17:15 - 18:00 Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, Z2.027 1.OG
Wednesday 18.06. 17:15 - 18:00 Seminarraum 3, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße 14, Z2.027 1.OG

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Bird species that are common and widespread in Austria or interesting from a conservation point of view are presented during two-hour lectures. At the beginning an overview is given on function and structure of bird songs and calls, basic issues of sound generation, outside factors influencing bird sounds (biotop acoustics), singing activity and song development. The main part of the lecture is made up by the presentation of roughly 100 bird species. Main emphasis lies on their songs and calls, including instrumental sounds. Additionally information on their habitat needs, distribution, migratory behaviour and morphological characteristics is given. The sequence of species is guided by the song phenology of different species groups on the one hand and by the selection of species to be expected during accompanying excursions on the other.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written or oral exam: 16 bird sounds have to be identified (for non-german-native speakers it is also possible to give english or french bird names)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Knowing the most important bird sounds of Austria. Participants get the ability to identify the commonest or most striking songs and calls of birds in Austria, also to identify the voices of several species of conservation importance (threatened or protected species), to distinguish them from other species and to analyse the meaning of the different calls. They have a basic knowledge to draw upon and to expand efficiently during future own field studies. From that they are able to record birds quantitatively eg by point resp. transect counts or territory mapping in the course of mapping projects or monitoring studies. At the same time they have an overview on birds as an animal class that is on the one hand highly appreciated by the public because of their singing ability but also of high conservation importance (eg through the EU Birds Directive) on the other.

Examination topics

Songs and calls are presented by means of CDs. Additionally the most important characteristics of those bird sounds are described verbally. Plumage details and other morphological characteristics are explained with the aid of photographs of all species presented. The participation in the specialised excursions (LV-Nr 300028) for exercising the identification in the field is highly recommended.

Reading list


Association in the course directory

LA-BU 261, freies Wahlfach, MZO W2

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