DISCUSS: How are these beaks different?
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Watch videos of different birds eating. After each video, talk about what the bird is eating and how it uses its beak.
Do you think a hummingbird could crack a nut like a macaw? Do you think a macaw could catch a fish like a great blue heron?
A bird’s beak is like a tool that helps the bird eat. What kinds of tools would you use if you wanted to:
Can you think of a bird beak that works like these tools?
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At Mystery Science, we use nutcrackers for cracking nuts. A parrot’s beak is short and strong, and it works like a nut cracker.
A spoon is good for scooping up soggy cereal. It works like a duck’s broad bill.
A straw helps you sip soda from the bottom of a tall glass, just like the hummingbird’s beak lets that bird sip the sweet juice called nectar from the bottom of a flower.
A fork can stab a slippery fish, just like the pointy beak of an egret.