Birds and Beaks

Discover why birds have different types of beak with this fun investigation.

adaptations of birds beaks

Materials

Pegs

Tweezers

Straws

Pasta

Pretend bugs

Method

Use the pegs and different sized tweezers to pick up the pasta fish and bugs.

Discuss whether some things are easier to pick up than others. For example, can you pick up tiny objects with the tweezers more easily than with a peg?

bird beaks

 

Did you know that bird’s beaks are shaped according to their diet?

Finches have a strong, cone shaped beak which they use to crack seeds, a bit like our tweezers.

Insect eaters have thin, pointed beaks ( maybe a bit like chopsticks )used to pick insects off leaves.

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Hummingbirds have long beaks like straws, they don’t catch insects, but instead suck nectar from flowers.

Did you know birds that eat fish, have teeth -like structures on the edge of their beak to hold the fish?

Extension Ideas

Collect sticks, feathers and leaves to build a nest, think about what features the nest should have.

Can you build a nest using just tweezers? Remember birds only have their beaks!

build a bird nest

 

Did you know?

Long-tailed tits use up to 2,000 feathers in each nest and fly between 600-700 miles to collect the materials needed!

Sparrows take advantages of holes in roofs to build their nest, they stuff the hole with grass saving a lot of time and effort.

Chaffinches nest in forks in trees and use sticky cobwebs to form anchors for the nest’s foundation. 

Some birds, for example owls take advantage of natural holes in trees to keep their young safe. This saves a lot of time and effort building a nest.

See the RSPB website for more information about bird nests and how you can help birds make their homes.

birds and beaks

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