the Art & Science
of Birdkeeping© Workbook
h a p t e r 1 :
and Humans: This introductory chapter focuses
on the long history and relationship of humans and birds,
from hunting for survival to domestication, to art and
h a p t e r 2 :
in Art, Myth and Symbolism: This section
focuses on the impact that birds have had on art, and the
role of that artists had in the development of the science
of ornithology and public interest in birds.
h a p t e r 3:
and Nomenclature: This chapter describes the
concepts behind classification of birds, taxonomy and
nomenclature, both from a historical viewpoint and the
latest current technological advances.
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in Aviculture: This section describes the many
and diverse taxonomic groups of birds that are held in
h a p t e r 5 :
Anatomy & Physiology: Basic avian anatomy
and physiology is discussed. highlighting the unique
adaptations of birds to flight and their environment.
h a p t e r 6 :
Egg to Bird: This section describes the
development of the avian egg, incubation and hatching.
This includes an overview of the various parental care
strategies for survival of the young.
h a p t e r 7 :
Behavior: This chapter discusses the science of
ethology and how it applies to aviculture. Basic
principles of avian behavior are discussed, as well as its
implications for keeping birds in captivity.
h a p t e r 8 :
Genetics: A brief overview of basic
genetic concepts is provided, with a focus on
captive-breeding and small population management.
h a p t e r 9 :
in Modern Times: This chapter describes
the important events that shaped modern aviculture from
the 19th century to the present. Important milestones in
aviculture are provided
h a p t e r 10 :
Development & Design: This chapter provides
an overview of facility development and design concepts
for the aviary, including indoor and outdoor facilities.
h a p t e r 11 :
& Management Basics: This chapter provides
a basic introduction to avicultural husbandry and
management principles. These principles and concepts apply
to anyone that maintains birds, from pet owners and large
h a p t e r 12:
Diets and Nutrition: This chapter provides a
basic introduction to nutrition in birds and the history
of development of avian diets in captivity. Explains
species specific diets and provides guidelines to ensure
the best possible diet for birds held in captivity.
h a p t e r 13:
Health Basics: This section provides a general
overview of avian health basics for the aviculturist.
h a p t e r 14:
Conservation: In this section, conservation
issues and problems are examined. Case histories of avian
extinctions are presented, as well as the causative
factors. The success or failures of species recovery
programs are discussed.
h a p t e r 15 :
& Regulations: This chapter explains laws and
regulations that affect birds both in the wild and in
h a p t e r 16:
Future of Aviculture: What is the future of
aviculture? What are the issues facing the aviculturist and
bird owner in the future? The role of the younger
generations of aviculturists in keeping and conserving avian
species, both in captivity and the wild is discussed