• This course offers a broad introduction to the thrilling world of raptors. Join us as we explore the anatomy and physiology of birds of prey, and see how every aspect of their design is geared towards being formidable hunters. We will also gain insights into raptor behaviour patterns in the wild, follow their life cycles from birth to death, and study the array of specialised hunting techniques they have honed to suit specific habitats and prey species. As we broaden our perspective to look at environmental change, we also explore the role of birds of prey within their ecosystems. Importantly, we will examine current threats to endangered raptor species, and debate the key conservation issues that affect the survival of birds of prey worldwide.