Adaptation visit by Ms. Urban

Adaptation visit by Ms. Urban

March 23, 2017 - 3:05pm -- HighlandsFranz

This is Ben from Mr. Franz's class. Today we learned about birds and how they adapt. Adaptation is when an animal is better suites in their enviroment. Sometimes for birds their beaks and feet will change to match their enviroment and previde the right skills. We also learned that more than 1 billion birds die each year in accidents and more than half of that is from windows. We learned about how their are 10,000 species of birds in the whole world and 400 of the species are in Idaho. We also were going through a slide show and learned that the chicken is the closest living animal to the dinosaurs. There is the Calipari humming bird that shares some of it's traits with the woodpecker, for example both of their tongues wrap around their skulls and are slmost like a snakes tongue with two prongs that stick off the end.  We also learned about feathers and how they contain vains that go up through the feathers and when it's donw growing then it will fall off. It also includes barbs which are lsort of laces that hold together the feathers bottom. The colors of these feathers are usually black, yellow, red and maybe chemicals that will cause changes in color like pink on the flamingo. Birds will change their colors and feathers on themselves. And last but not least we learned that the hummming bird moves it's wings in a figure 8 motion to allow it to be the only bird to fly backwards. 

Sid Franz, Grade 6
Boise, Idaho USA

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