Beaks and Feet

All birds need food and space to live in. They avoid competition by occupying different habitats, or different parts of the same habitat. Many are specially adapted for a particular way of life.

Do all birds eat the same thing?

How are the beaks and feet of different birds adapted to the way they feed?

Refer to the Field Guide to Birds of the ACT by McComas Taylor and Nicolas Day, and your own observations to draw the beaks and feet of birds in the Aranda bushland in the table below.

Name of BirdBeakFeetFood
Galah
Crimson Rosella
Pied Currawong
Australian Magpie
Red Wattlebird
White-throated Treecreeper
Grey Fantail

Structure and Function

Consider how the structures of the different birds eg their beaks and feet, are adapted to a particular function eg the way they feed.

Name of BirdStructureFunction
Galah
Crimson Rosella
Pied Currawong
Australian Magpie
Red Wattlebird
White-throated Treecreeper
Grey Fantail

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