Week 3 Identifying and grouping birds by observable features

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Week 3 Identifying and grouping birds by observable features

How many blackbirds did you see last week? Walking back home from school in Ashford, Kent I saw many blackbirds out and about in the town and Victoria Park. So keep looking out where you live and go to school, for Blackbirds and our new bird of the week, the Blue Tit.

Sorting birds and learning Latin!

Once you start identifying birds and spotting where each bird lives you will start to see some patterns. Have a think about how you could sort out birds into different groups? A simple way to sort out birds might be "Birds that can fly and birds that cannot fly". Scientists that have studied birds use classification (sorting out) to help them identify birds.

Another group of birds is the "Birds of prey." This group includes Peregrines, Kestrels, Sparrow Hawks, Buzzards and Golden Eagles. Have a look at pictures of these birds and find out what they eat. They all have sharp claws, sharp beaks and big eyes for searching for dinner - they are carnivores! Have a look at owls, what is it about owls that puts them into the same group of birds?

There is another group of birds called waders. These birds include Lapwing, Avocet, Redshank, Golden Plover, Turnstone and Dunlin. Can you find other birds in this group? These are birds that have long legs because they live in or near water. They go wading in water to find their food.


If you're a budding Ornithologist (bird scientist) you may want to know that scientists use the words "Genus" and "Species" to give birds their scientific names. This can be very confusing! So my tip is to think about the names of cars.  The Zafira and the Corsa are cars both made by Vauxhall. However, they are very different cars. So the Genus is Vauxhall and the species is either Zafira or Corsa.

Photographs:     Kestrel (Top Left)     Turnstone (Bottom Right)

By |2018-09-04T08:51:02+00:00March 26th, 2017|Chatterbox 2017, See Nature News|0 Comments

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