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Birds 101: Introduction to Pet Birds

University of Tennessee via edX

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Birds are amazing animals! They are extremely intelligent, quite social, and some can make ideal companions! From parrots to parakeets, chickens to canaries and cockatoos, there are many species of birds to choose from when considering these feathered friends as pets.

This course provides introductory material about pet bird care including behavioral characteristics of different species of birds, bird handling, anatomy and physiology, and keeping birds as pets. Bird enthusiasts, pet bird owners, and others who work with birds will learn interesting and practical information!


Module 1: Fundamental information about keeping birds as pets including behavioral characteristics of different species, husbandry and nutrition, and disease prevention.   

Module 2: Introduction to avian anatomy and physiology focusing on differences from mammals that make birds unique and amazing.

Module 3: Introduction to basic veterinary procedures used when handling and caring for birds in a clinical setting.

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4.5 rating, based on 4 Class Central reviews

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  • I completed the course but was disappointed not to have received the certificate. I'd really be keen to even redo the course, which I thorough enjoyed, so I can receive my results and certificate of completion.
  • Anonymous
    I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Was just bummed there was no certificate at the end. The information was great and they hit in a lot of topics and things even bird enthusiasts are not aware of. Would love a chance for a certificate.
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    Karen Quillian
    Very informative and interesting class. From working with birds some things I knew already but I also learned new info as well.
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