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

  • The Messenger Documentary is coming to Western Film

    Thursday November 26th at 7pm at Western Film (in the University Community Centre) there will be a public showing of "The Messenger", a documentary filmed in part using the AFAR wind tunnel.  Featured scientists and the film-makers will be on-hand for a Q&A session following the screening.  Tickets are available online at or at the door. ($8 / $6 for UWO students)

  • AFAR is on Facebook

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

The Canadian Foundation for InnovationThe Province of Ontario