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1 Beak types and adaptations What are the main characteristics of these bird beaks? Can you predict what each of these birds eat?

2 Cracker Short, thick conical beak for cracking seeds Red-rumped Parrot - © Bob Winters

3 Tweezer Thin, pointed beak for eating insects. Superb Fairy-wren - © Michael Seyfort

4 Spear Spear-shaped beak which is used to fish for organisms. Brolga - © Bob Winters

5 Strainer Long, flat beak that strains small plants and animals from the water. Grey Teal - © Arthur Chapman

6 Probe Long, slender beak that probes flowers for nectar. New Holland Honeyeater - © Michael Seyfort

7 Shredder Sharp, curved beak for tearing and shredding meat. Wedge-tailed Eagle - © Bob Winters

8 Feet types and adaptations Where do these birds live? How does each bird use its feet?

9 Swimming These water birds use their webbed feet to swim. They use their feet like paddles. Australian Shelduck - © Bob Winters

10 Perching These birds live in treed habitats. They have three toes facing forward and one facing backward, enabling them to grab the perch tightly. Grey Fantail - © Bob Winters

11 Running These ground-dwelling birds generally walk slowly through grasslands, and often stand on their tip-toes. Plains Wanderer - © Mark Antos

12 Grasping Raptors use their large curved claws to snatch, grasp and hold prey. Black-shouldered Kite - © Bob Winters

13 Scratching These ground-dwelling birds use their toes to scratch the soil surface for organisms. Crested Pigeon - © Michael Seyford


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