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Be a Better Birder: Size & Shape
Be a Better Birder: Size & Shape


Note: As of November 2018, we have shifted to a different eCommerce site for purchasing online courses. You can now purchase this course through Bird Academy's course catalog.

Need a hand in learning to distinguish a Downy Woodpecker from a Hairy Woodpecker? Or starlings from grackles in a flock?

Size and shape are key to identifying a bird. In this online tutorial, you'll learn which parts of a bird will be most useful in helping you connect the dots. Learn to use a bird yardstick because, in the bird world, size really does matter when it comes to identification.

You'll also learn the basic groupings used to organize the many species of birds, whether they be waders, ducks, or perching birds and how to make those distinctions by noticing shape. You'll have opportunities to check what you've learned with audio flipbooks, interactive illustrations, quizzes, and more.

This online course is ideal for beginning birders who want solid instruction in the basics of bird identification.

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Extended Information:

This self-paced course is designed to work on all of the major modern web browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox). iPhones and iPads will not show the Flash-based interactive elements.

You can come back to this tutorial as much as you like. We do not guarantee that we will maintain the site forever, but you will retain access as long as it remains online.

You will receive a certificate for completing the tutorial and passing a final quiz. Cornell University does not offer academic credit for this tutorial.

Need help? Email birdacademy@cornell.edu

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