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The Wonder of Birds

Language: English

Birds have long captivated the human imagination, inspiring literature, art, culture, and folklore. Whether it's their awe-inspiring migrations across the Himalaya, or their everyday courtship and nesting behaviour in our own backyards, birds offer a gateway to understanding and celebrating the wonders of the natural world. From the majestic Sarus Crane to the melodious Malabar Whistling-thrush, each species tells a unique story that enriches our lives.

Welcome to ‘The Wonder of Birds’, a thrilling expedition into the avian world!

What is it? 

A multimedia, mobile-friendly, free online course designed to inspire an appreciation of the beauty and significance of birds.

Who can take it?

Curious nature-lovers aged 11 and above. Anyone with basic English literacy, and a smart phone with internet access can take the course.

How long will it take?

This is a self-paced course. Once you sign up, you can complete it at your own convenience. We estimate that it will take 3 hours from start to finish.

How is it structured? There are 4 chapters, further subdivided into topics, which create an interconnected journey.

Chapter I: Birds Are Simply Amazing

Explore the fascinating and extraordinary world of birds in this introductory chapter. Embark on an unforgettable journey filled with wonder and excitement.

Chapter II: Birds In Our Lives

Discover how birds weave into our daily lives through culture, folktales, and literature in profound ways.

The Bar-tailed Godwit shattered records when it flew all the way from Alaska to Tasmania without stopping for food or rest - that's almost 14,000 kms in just 11 days!  Photo credits: Blair Dudeck/Macaulay Library

Did you know sparrows have been living alongside humans for 5000 years? These little birds make their homes in building crevices, atop street lights, and even cozy up in nest boxes. Photo credits: Subhadra Devi 

Chapter III: Know Your Neighbour

Learn how to observe birds in your backyard, understand their behaviour and habitats, and identify common species.

Chapter IV: The Big Picture

While gaining insights into the challenges birds face, discover actionable steps to contribute positively towards their conservation.

Have you ever seen a Purple Swamphen's toes? They're really long! Do you want to know the cool science behind this and how it helps the bird? You'll learn about it in this chapter. Photo credits: Garima Bhatia

Did you know that the Indian Peafowl has increased in number? They have adapted to land-use changes such as the clearing of forests, as per data from the State of India's Birds report. Photo credits: Saswat Mishra

The course moves along progressively, with each chapter building upon the previous one, creating an interconnected journey. Take it at your pace, rewatch, and reflect on the rich content, which includes vibrant HD videos, interactive games, and fun quizzes.

The Wonder Of Birds is more than just a learning experience; it's an exciting adventure! Engage with the resources to uncover the wonders of birds and their significance in our lives, and the world. Get ready for an active, enjoyable learning journey. 

Are you excited? Let's take flight into The Wonder of Birds!

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