Bird Beak Bonanza!
This activity comes to us from Prospect Park Alliance environmental educators at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. Check out our Audubon at Home page for more nature fun.
Birds are an incredibly diverse group of creatures. Right here in Prospect Park, you can see birds in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many types of bird beaks and bills? Different bird species have special beaks to help them eat their favorite foods. The object of this game is to try to “eat” or pick up different types of food with specialized "beaks." See if different beaks make eating certain foods easier or harder, and figure out which foods each bird prefers based on your success!
The “beaks” and who they belong to:
The food you eat, and the food the birds eat:
Try “eating” all the different foods with the different “beaks,” i.e. use each of the household implements to try and pick up the various pantry items, and see if you can figure out what each bird's favorite food is! Write down your answers and then check below (don't peek until after you are done!).
Hummingbird (Straw) = Nectar (Juice and Jelly)
Heron (Chopsticks) = Fish (Soup with Stuff)
Finch (Pliers and Nutcracker) = Seeds and Nuts (Nuts)
Duck (Tongs) = Aquatic Plants (Vegetables in Water)
Warbler (Tweezers) = Insects and Small Seeds (Rice)