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Birds: The Best Beak
A look into the adaptations that help
get birds the food they need.
An LSU Museum of Natural Science ...
Bird adaptations- Beaks
The most important function of a bird bill
is feeding, and it is shaped according
to what a bird e...
Common bill shapes
• Cracker
• Shredder
• Probe
• Chisel
• Strainer
• Spear
• Tweezers
Pelican
-The pelican has a long beak with
a hooked tip and a huge pouch.
-The pelican’s pouch is used as a
dip net to catc...
Wood Duck
-Wood ducks have broad, flat
bills with rows of fine
notches along the edge.
-They eat plants,
seeds, grasses an...
American Robin
-American robins search the
ground for insects and berries.
-They most commonly eat
earthworms, grubs, butt...
Sparrow
-Though sparrows generally
prefer to eat seeds with
hard shells, sometimes they
also eat flowers, insects,
spiders...
Louisiana Heron
-Herons and egrets eat fish,
crustaceans, and insects using
their beak much like a spear.
They often stalk...
Hummingbird
-Hummingbirds have long
beaks that are essential
for reaching into long,
tubular flowers to gather
nectar.
-Hu...
Dropper
beak
(Compte-
gouttes)
Tweezer
beak
(Pince à
épiler)
Nutcracker
bea
(casse-noix)
Clothespin
beak
(Pince à linge)
S...
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  1. 1. Birds: The Best Beak A look into the adaptations that help get birds the food they need. An LSU Museum of Natural Science presentation to accompany the activity
  2. 2. Bird adaptations- Beaks The most important function of a bird bill is feeding, and it is shaped according to what a bird eats. You can use a beak shape to: • Identify a bird • Identify behavior and think about what it eats.
  3. 3. Common bill shapes • Cracker • Shredder • Probe • Chisel • Strainer • Spear • Tweezers
  4. 4. Pelican -The pelican has a long beak with a hooked tip and a huge pouch. -The pelican’s pouch is used as a dip net to catch fish. -The pouch can even stretch to hold up to two gallons of water! Pelecanus erythrorhyncho
  5. 5. Wood Duck -Wood ducks have broad, flat bills with rows of fine notches along the edge. -They eat plants, seeds, grasses and other small insects and animals that they find on or under the water. Aix sponsa
  6. 6. American Robin -American robins search the ground for insects and berries. -They most commonly eat earthworms, grubs, butterflies, cherries, and blueberries. Turdus migratorius
  7. 7. Sparrow -Though sparrows generally prefer to eat seeds with hard shells, sometimes they also eat flowers, insects, spiders, and berries. -Sparrows look for food on the ground or in low bushes. They sometimes even fly up to catch insects in flight. Zonotrichia albicollis
  8. 8. Louisiana Heron -Herons and egrets eat fish, crustaceans, and insects using their beak much like a spear. They often stalk their prey in shallow water, often running or shuffling their feet, flushing prey into view. Egretta tricolor
  9. 9. Hummingbird -Hummingbirds have long beaks that are essential for reaching into long, tubular flowers to gather nectar. -Hummingbirds’ beaks are also used to clean their feathers and to build their nests. Archilocus colubris Selasphoprus rufus
  10. 10. Dropper beak (Compte- gouttes) Tweezer beak (Pince à épiler) Nutcracker bea (casse-noix) Clothespin beak (Pince à linge) Strainer beak (Passoire) Tongs beak (Pinces) Total food collected (Quantité de nourriture collectée) Nectar Tree insects Seeds (Graines) Fish Grubs (Vers) Aquatic plants Example of data table for amount of food collected at station with utensils (beak- type). Exemple de tableau à double entrée: quantité de nourriture collectée pour chaque atelier, avec les ustensiles (=type de bec)

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