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Curvy Beaks

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A bird does not have teeth. However, it does have a hard, pointy beak. Beaks come in all shapes and sizes. The shape of a bird's beak is a clue to what it eats and how it gathers its food. Since scientists theorize that birds do not have a good sense of smell or taste, they feel that birds generally find food by its color and shape.


Students will:

  • identify beaks belonging to birds of prey and non-birds of prey
  • determine the kinds of food a bird with a certain type of beak might eat


Subjects: Science


  1. Take the time to make sure your students understand:

    • the importance of the shapes of beaks
    • how beaks are used based on their shape
    • the differences between beaks belonging to birds of prey and non-birds of prey

  2. Allow students time to work through the Curvy Beaks activity sheet(s).
    Note: the Curvy Beaks Challenger is designed for the upper grades.

  3. Once students are done, discuss the activity and clarify any questions.


Curvy Beaks Challenger

Match the beaks to the kinds of food these birds eat.

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