Gjeldende emnebeskrivelse (sist oppdatert 2023/24)
BirdID National bird appearance
Gjeldende emnebeskrivelse (sist oppdatert 2023/24)

BirdID National bird appearance

"BirdID National" is an online study for students outside Norway, with the main emphasis on identifying birds using appearance. The exam is also online. Registration for the exam is done at www.birdid.no (not on Nord's pages). There you will also find more information about the study, textbook and training program.
This study has its main emphasis on identifying birds using their appearance.The species must be recognized regardless of age, season or gender.

Apply at www.birdid.no (MyPage)

Completed upper secondary school.

Fulfilment of English requirements according to the NOKUT GSU list


See https://www.natureid.no/bird/online-courses/admission-requirements/

Students are admitted according to the time of application. Applications for this study are made via local admission.

The application deadline is 1 November for the autumn semester, and 1 May for the spring semester.


The student can:

  • Species determine the most common birds in the field based on their 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 appearance of different groups of birds (order, family), regardless of age, sex and seasonal variations
  • Species characteristics of birds' sounds, 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

Learning through our web based interactive eBook and Quiz at www.birdid.no

Learning through field trips in the student’s home country.

Evaluation using mid-term and final surveys. Students are also encouraged to participate in the central quality surveys.

Work requirements:

     10 web-based practice sets/exam mode with a minimum of 40% of the maximum score.

The exam is web-based and consists of birds that must be identified.

Nord University must approve the application to take the exam. After approval, a link to the exam module will be sent out, which gives access to take the exam when the student wishes within the applicable deadlines, and after completing work requirements.

It will be possible to take a new exam after three months. Best results will prevail. The exam result is given on a graded scale.