Curvy Beaks |
Wings: Shapes and Spans
Can You Pass the Parts? |
worksheet 1- worksheet 2 - solution
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.
- 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
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
Allow students time to work through the Curvy Beaks activity sheet(s).
Note: the Curvy Beaks Challenger is designed for the upper grades.
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.
created by BLM Snake River Birds of Prey NCA staff, 1997. Boise, ID. On
activity sheet the top illustration is © of The Science Series: Birds
by J. Moore and M. Evans, 1995. Evan-Moor Corp, Cleveland, OH. The bottom
illustration is © of Wise as an Owl by L. Langelier, 1992. The Peregrine
Fund, Inc., Boise, ID.
Reproduced with permission from both parties.