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Summary

Birds’ beaks resemble the mouths of mammals, but they have no teeth, and are covered with horn that is constantly regrowing to counteract its wearing down. A beak serves above all as a means of catching food, but also used for  defense, for attracting  a partner and for cleaning and smoothing feathers.

Its form is, above all, an adaptation to the dietary regime of the bird.

Learning goals

  • To link the form of the beak to the dietary regime of a bird.
  • To identify the anatomical characteristics  (beaks, feet, digits) of the great families of birds (birds of prey, waders, aquatic birds, insectivores, granivores, herbivores).
  • To introduce the Theory of Evolution of Species.

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The form of a beak demonstrates an adaptation to a dietary regime:

  • The beak is short, robust and hooked among the birds of prey, enabling them to tear apart meat.
  • The beak is massive and…

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