Advanced Facility for Avian Research
  • South Building Entrance
  • Sparrow and wind tunnel

Welcome to the Advanced Facility for Avian Research

AFAR is a world-class facility at the University of Western Ontario for interdisciplinary studies of bird physiology, neurobiology and behaviour.

Understanding how birds adapt their reproductive and migratory strategies to environmental pressures requires detailed knowledge of how their neural and physiological systems respond to changes in the environment.

Researchers at AFAR come together from a variety of disciplines to explore how birds work, and how they respond to their environment.

News at AFAR

  • New Website Launch

    Welcome to the new website for the Advanced Facility for Avian Research.

  • AFAR is on Facebook

    Join the community by liking us on Facebook.

  • The Messenger Documentary is Currently Screening in Film Festivals

    Much of the footage of birds in flight in this amazing documentary was filmed in AFAR's wind tunnel.  Information and screening locations can be found at

Funding for the Advanced Facility for Avian Research was provided in part by:

The Canadian Foundation for InnovationThe Province of Ontario