Bird Keeping (Aviculture)

Course CodeBAG108
Fee CodeS1
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment
A 100 hour course covering all aspects of keeping birds including diet, housing, health, breeding, understanding bird behaviour and training.

Whether you are an bird keeping enthusiast or seeking a profession in the bird industry, this experiential-based course is designed to help you develop knowledge and skills to be a confident and successful bird keeper.

You will complete set tasks and projects thus enabling you to be familiar with the scope of the bird industry and the services available.

If you're thinking about keeping a bird as a pet or bird keeping as a hobby, this course will provide you with the knowledge to choose the right birds for you and how to care for them. If you are seeking to gain employment, this course will assist you to demonstrate your ability to work with birds and understand the industry without question.

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Bird Care
    • Introduction
    • Selection
    • Grooming
    • Hygiene
    • Terminology
  2. Breeds
    • Bird types
    • Choosing a bird
    • Commonly kept birds
  3. Housing Birds
    • Aviaries
    • Minimum requirements for keeping birds
    • Water, feeding and stimulation equipment
  4. Feed and Nutrition
    • Feed and feeding
    • Watering
    • Nutritional requirements
  5. Health Management
    • Caring for the sick bird
    • Safety on the home
    • Traveling
    • Common ailments
  6. Bird Behaviour and Training
    • Catching/restraining
    • Behaviour
    • Training
  7. Breeding
    • Sexing and Desexing
    • Breeding
    • Welfare
    • Reproduction
    • Neo-natal care
  8. Working in the Bird Industry
    • Pet trade and breeding
    • Showing
    • Avian health
    • Pigeon racing
    • Falconry
    • Zoos and Wildlife Parks
    • Avian tourism
    • Farming birds for meat, eggs, feathers or oils
    • Birds for pest control
    • Bird fertilizer -manure

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Discuss the nature and scope of aviculture and develop networking with others involved with aviculture.
  • Determine appropriate types of birds to keep for different purposes.
  • To consider and choose appropriate housing for a range of different types of captive birds.
  • Outline the feeding requirements of a range of different captive birds.
  • Describe management techniques for the health of a range of different birds.
  • Appreciate behavioural traits of any birds you keep, and understand how to properly manage and respond to those traits; and if so desired, train the birds you keep.
  • Manage the breeding of different types of birds.
  • Identify opportunities for working in the aviculture industry.

What You Will Do

  • Consider 4 specific areas of bird care. For example, one area may be feeding and nutrition. Find out about the products and services which are available in your locality for each area you chose.
  • Research up to 3 birds native to your country: Aim to find out as much as you can about their former and current uses if any.
    • In the event you cannot find information about native breeds (of any species), you should aim to find out about introduced species - the reasons for their introduction and where they originated from.
  • Research the range of housing options for any type of birds you are specifically interested in.
    • From your research estimate the total cost of setting up a new housing system. Include nesting, feeding, watering, lighting, temperature control and ventilation in your design.
  • Visit or contact a feed supplies shop or pet shop and evaluate the various feeds sold to bird keepers. Consider cost versus nutritional quality in your assessment.
    • For this activity you should aim to focus your attention on feed that is specifically designed for a species of your choice e.g. pigeons.
  • Connect with at least 2 bird owners who have birds with former or ongoing illness. Discuss with them the illness and the treatments which the bird undergoes. Ask questions about the how the illness affects the birds overall wellbeing. Ask about the nature of the illness and the long term management of the illness.
  • Observe a bird in its natural habitat. Consider its interactions with any other birds which were nearby at the time. Take notes on how the birds interact or any other noticeable behaviours of birds.
    • If it is not possible to complete this task observing birds in real life – watch online video(s) to complete this observation of behaviour activity.
  • Consider welfare when breeding birds either in captivity or in their natural habitats. You should find an approved captive breeding program which is of particular interest to you. Take notes or record as much information as possible about the program. An example of a bird species in an intensive breeding program may be the Orange Bellied Parrot or the Corncrake.
    • Consider specifically the individual health and welfare of the breeding pairs - the lack of knowledge of human populations and the possible impacts on breeding programs in natural environments e.g. habitat destruction.
  • Using websites which advertise available positions search under animal related jobs, find at least three roles which require knowledge of bird care and/or management.
    • Examine the roles and find out what qualifications (if any) are needed to successfully meet the application criteria for each.


ACS is an Organisational Member of the British Institute for Learning and Development
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Member of Study Gold Coast, Education Network
Member of Study Gold Coast, Education Network

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ACS is recognised by the International Accreditation and Recognition Council
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