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BirdID National


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At BirdID you can learn how to identify birds by online studies on our website and/or by joining us in the field. Flexible online studies in bird identification can be a useful tool to learn efficiently, and to formally document your skills. You can take the exams online alone, or combine it with our field courses. We have educated people from all over Europe in bird identification for more than ten years. Increased competence within the field of ornithology is becoming more important as the pressure on nature increases. It is our mission to strengthen the general interest in birds, and that you learn how to recognize different species in the field, and participate for example in bird census work.

Hva kan du jobbe som?

The competence that is documented through this study program will be useful for anyone who wants to work with bird knowledge for various purposes, in management, science, teaching and more.

The subjects may be included as part of teacher education or in a bachelor's degree. The courses may be approved in a relevant master's degree. There are individual regulations at the respective universities which at any given time determine the implementation of the course into a degree.

The subjects BID1005 and BID1006 provide the basis for proceeding with the subjects BID2001 Birds' appearance in the Western Palearctic, and BID2002 Birds' sounds in the West Palearctic.

Videre utdanning

BID2001 Western Palearctic birds appearance 15 ECT.

BID2002 Western Palearctic birds sounds 15 ECT.

Higher education entrance qualification.

English language proficiency

View general admission and documentation requirements.

Additional for international programmes: The admission requirements are absolute. Contact the study advisor for information about credit transfer.


The student can:

  • Species determine the most common birds in the field based on sound (mostly song), appearance and behavior, regardless of age, sex and seasonal variations
  • To use habitat and geographical area as aids to assess the probability of whether the assumed species is correct
  • Use GISS (general impression of size and shape) to help with species determination


The student has knowledge, which is tested at the exam, about:

  • Characteristic of the sound (mostly song) and appearance of different groups of birds (order, family), regardless of age, sex and seasonal variations
  • Species characteristics of birds' sound (mostly song) and appearance, regardless of age, sex and seasonal variations
  • Habitat selection and behavior in birds that are important for species determination
  • The most common bird species in the study area


The student:

  • Has knowledge of important digital resources about birds
  • Has sharpened and trained their ability to discover birds in nature, and thus increased their joy of being out in nature