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MA - Intermediate/Advanced

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Corvidae, the family that contains crows and ravens, are a highly successful group of birds with some 118 species found world wide. Omnivorous, crows and ravens are opportunistic scavengers and often highly specialized. Crows and ravens are famous in the bird world for their intelligence, being adept at problem solving, tool use, having fun, learning new tricks. Similar to humans,  they are highly social, monogamous (in human terms), and both male and female raise the chicks sometimes with the help of sitters. Topics will include: evolution and taxonomy, anatomy, and intelligence—which will include several subsections on foraging, tool use, vocalization and learning.  For reading material we will mostly utilize primary literature and two books; Ravens in Winter by Bernd Heinrich and Crows and Ravens by John Marzluff and Tony Angell. Students will be evaluated on their field research and research papers. 


Ornithology or equivalent experience suggested, and permission of instructor.

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