Beak-Watching Bird-Watching Project
Learn how birds use their beak and feet to help them survive in the wild with the Beak-Watching Bird-Watching Project.
What You'll Need:
- Field guide to birds
- Poster board
One of the easiest ways to identify different birds is by looking at their beaks. Some have sharp beaks for pecking. Others have long, wide, flat, or curved beaks. How does each bird's beak help it get food? (A pelican's beak, for example, expands to hold the fish it catches.)
Now think about birds' feet. Some have powerful feet with claws, called "talons." Other feet, like a duck's webbed feet, are designed to help birds swim. How does a bird's feet help it move around in its habitat?
Look through a field guide to birds and pay special attention to birds' beaks and feet. Then make a chart showing the beaks and feet of different birds, and telling how they help the birds survive.
Watch birds flying south for the winter with the project you'll learn about next.