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Activity: Curvy Beaks

Background

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.

Materials

Objectives

The student will be able to:

  • 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

Procedures

  1. Take time to make sure that 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 worksheets. Note: the Curvy Beaks Challenger is designed for the upper grades.
  3. Once students are done, discuss the activity and clarify any questions.

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Activity created by BLM Snake River Birds of Prey NCA staff, 1997. Boise, ID.

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