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The Notebook of Birds
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The Notebook of Birds
The Notebook of Birds
by Carrie Fernandez and WriteBonnieRose
Created and published by arrangement with Thames & Hudson Ltd, London,
Based on The Big Book of Birds © 2019 Yuval Zommer
The Notebook of Birds first published in the USA in 2021 by Daily Skill Building,
Saint Johns | © 2021 Daily Skill Building
Cover Design by Richele McFarlin, Pretty Perfect Printables; original illustrations
© 2019 Yuval Zommer
All rights reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or distributed in any
form by any means—graphic, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying,
recording, taping, or storing in information storage or retrieval systems—without
the prior written permission from the publisher.
Original purchaser is granted permission to print copies for use within his or her
immediate family only. For co-op licenses, please email
[email protected]
For free homeschool resources visit Homeschoolgiveaways.com.
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The Notebook of Birds
The Big Book Series, by Yuval Zommer
Daily Skill Building is not affiliated with T&H. The Big Book Notebook Companions
were created with T&H’s permission.
Visit Thames & Hudson Ltd. to learn more about this series:
https://www.thamesandhudsonusa.com/series/the-big-book-series
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The Notebook of Birds
Required Book: The Big Book of Birds, Yuval Zommer
The Big Book of Birds draws in children and parents alike with captivating
information about and charming illustrations of hummingbirds, peacocks,
flamingos, bald eagles, secretary birds, puffins, red-crowned cranes, and more.
The book also invites young bird-watchers to protect birds where they live and
make their gardens bird-friendly. The text is chatty, funny, and full of remarkable
facts. Read more.
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Introduction
You probably know a lot about birds already just by looking out your window or
maybe going on a walk. This is your chance to learn tons more about these
beautiful animals that often fill our days with their music. Since lots of families
enjoy studying birds in their homeschool lessons, we’re excited that Thames &
Hudson Ltd has given us permission to offer you The Notebook of Birds.
The Notebook of Birds is designed to be a self-paced notebooking journal that
gives you a chance to record the fascinating facts you learn so you can look at
them at any time. As you read through The Big Book of Birds, have The Notebook
of Birds handy so you can follow along. You’ll have the chance to draw, sketch,
label, and much more as you work through both books together!
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Bird Family Tree
Read pages 6-7 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what you
learned.
How many different types of birds are there? _____________________________
What does their family group depend on? ________________________________
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What 7 family groups are named?
1. ______________________________ 5. ______________________________
2. ______________________________ 6. ______________________________
3. ______________________________ 7. ______________________________
4. ______________________________
Write the facts you learned about each family group.
Birds of Prey
Types of Birds
Fun Facts
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Owls
Types of Birds
Fun Facts
Perching Birds
Types of Birds
Fun Facts
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Water Birds
Types of Birds
Fun Facts
Woodland & Forest Birds
Types of Birds
Fun Facts
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Seabirds
Types of Birds
Fun Facts
Flightless Birds
Types of Birds
Fun Facts
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I’m a Bird-Watcher & Feathers and Flying
Read pages 8-11 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what you
learned.
Why does a bird have feathers? ________________________________________
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What are feathers made from? _________________________________________
What else is made from this material? ___________________________________
How many feathers might a swan have? _________________________________
How many feathers might a hummingbird have? ___________________________
What characteristics of a feather help birds recognize each other? _____________
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How do many male birds use their feathers? ______________________________
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What bird has extra-long and flowing feathers? ____________________________
What do ducks do to keep their feathers waterproof? _______________________
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Illustrate some of the bird feathers shown.
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Birds on the Move & Great Gray Owls
Read pages 12-15 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what
you learned.
What do nearly half of all birds do each year? ____________________________
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How far do some of them fly? _________________________________________
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What tells a bird when to start migrating? ________________________________
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When do many birds migrate? _________________________________________
Why is this a safer time? ______________________________________________
What happens to some birds as they migrate? ____________________________
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What are some ways birds find their way? ________________________________
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How does an emu migrate, and how far does it travel? ______________________
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Why is the great gray owl called “great”? _________________________________
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What does a great gray owl have around its eyes? __________________________
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What does this part of a great gray owl do? _______________________________
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What makes a great gray owl silent as it flies? _____________________________
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How many more bones does a great gray owl have in its neck than a person? What
do they allow it to do?
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How does a great gray owl catch prey under the snow? _____________________
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Illustrate an emu and a great gray owl.
Emu
Great Gray Owl
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Flamingos & Magpies
Read pages 16-19 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what
you learned.
Why are flamingos pink? ______________________________________________
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How does a flamingo eat? ____________________________________________
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How does a flamingo like to sleep? ______________________________________
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What does a flamingo do when it is too hot? ______________________________
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How does a flamingo try to impress a mate? ______________________________
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Do magpies really steal shiny things? ____________________________________
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What is it called when magpies get together to find mates? __________________
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What kind of tail does a magpie have? How does this help it? ________________
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What can a magpie remember? ________________________________________
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What can a magpie impersonate? ______________________________________
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Unlike many types of birds, what is the same for both male and female magpies?
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Illustrate a flamingo and a magpie.
Flamingo
Magpie
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Kingfishers & Flightless Birds
Read pages 20-23 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what
you learned.
How does a kingfisher hunt? __________________________________________
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Why does a fish slide down a kingfisher’s throat more easily if it is headfirst?
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Why does a kingfisher hover above the water and bob its head before diving?
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What is a kingfisher’s burrow filled with? ________________________________
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What is different about a female kingfisher’s beak? ________________________
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How much too heavy to fly is an ostrich? _________________________________
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How fast can an emu run? ____________________________________________
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Where does the kiwi live? ____________________________________________
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What does it hunt at night? ___________________________________________
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What is the only flightless parrot? Where does it live? ______________________
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What does the Galapagos cormorant use its wings for? _____________________
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Illustrate the birds you read about.
Kingfisher
Galapagos Cormorant
Kiwi
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Ostrich
Emu
Takahe
Kakapo
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Secretary Birds & Parrots
Read pages 24-27 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what
you learned.
Where does the secretary bird get its name? _____________________________
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How tall is a secretary bird? ___________________________________________
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What do secretary birds love to eat? How do they kill their favorite meal? ______
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How does a secretary bird swallow its food? ______________________________
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How many feathers does a secretary bird have on its head? __________________
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What other glamorous feature does a secretary bird have? __________________
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Why do parrots mimic human voices? ___________________________________
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How are a parrot’s bills shaped? ________________________________________
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Where do parrots like to live? __________________________________________
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How long can a macaw parrot live? _____________________________________
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What type of parrot stays with its partner its whole life? _____________________
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Illustrate a secretary bird and a parrot.
Secretary Bird
Parrot
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Bald Eagles & Puffins
Read pages 28-31 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what
you learned.
Is a bald eagle really bald? If not, why is it called a “bald eagle”? ______________
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How much better can a bald eagle see than a person? ______________________
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How high does a bald eagle fly? ________________________________________
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What is the only continent where you can find a bald eagle? _________________
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The bald eagle is the national bird of what country? ________________________
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What does a bald eagle use to catch its prey? _____________________________
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Where does a puffin get its name? ______________________________________
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How does a puffin’s tongue help it catch its prey? __________________________
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How does a puffin tell others its grumpy? ________________________________
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How fast can a puffin fly? _____________________________________________
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What often happens when a puffin tries to land? __________________________
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Illustrate a bald eagle and a puffin.
Bald Eagle
Puffin
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Nests
Read pages 32-33 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what
you learned.
Where is the best place to make a nest? _________________________________
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How does an Asian tailorbird make a nest? What are some other sorts of materials
birds use to build nests?
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What does a cave swiftlet make its nest out of? Where does it place them?
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What do people make out of cave swiftlet nests? __________________________
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Where does a cuckoo lay its eggs? ______________________________________
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Who raises the baby cuckoos? _________________________________________
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What does a hornero bird make its nest from? What does the nest look like?
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Illustrate and label some of the different kinds of bird nests shown.
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Eggs
Read pages 34-35 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what
you learned.
Why do birds lay pointy eggs? _________________________________________
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If a bird carried its young like mammals do, it would be too heavy to do what?
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What bird lays the largest egg? How large is the egg? _______________________
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What bird lays the smallest egg? How small is the egg? _____________________
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What is it called when a bird sits on an egg to keep it warm? _________________
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What does a bird sometimes lose to make this process easier? _______________
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What color eggs are laid in dark holes? __________________________________
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What kind of eggs are laid outside? _____________________________________
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What does a baby bird use to start to crack its shell? _______________________
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Illustrate some of the different kinds of eggs shown.
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Albatrosses & Hummingbirds
Read pages 36-39 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what
you learned.
What is the wingspan of an albatross? How does this help it? _________________
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What do albatrosses sometimes mistake for food? _________________________
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Why does an albatross use “cruise control,” and how does it do this? __________
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How many flight feathers does an albatross have? __________________________
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How long does it take some chicks to replace down feathers with flying feathers?
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Where does an albatross nest? ________________________________________
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Where does an albatross lay its eggs? ___________________________________
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What can an albatross drink? How does it get rid of the salt? _________________
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How fast can a hummingbird flap its wings? ______________________________
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How many different kinds of hummingbirds are there? ______________________
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The hummingbird is the only bird that can do what? ________________________
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What is a hummingbird’s favorite food? __________________________________
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How often does a hummingbird have to eat? ______________________________
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How many flowers does it visit in one day? _______________________________
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Illustrate an albatross and a hummingbird.
Albatross
Hummingbird
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Peacocks & Robins
Read pages 40-43 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what
you learned.
How many tail feathers does a male peacock have? ________________________
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What will a peacock eat? _____________________________________________
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Can a peacock fly? ___________________________________________________
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What does a peacock use to fight off enemies? ____________________________
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Why is a peahen drab brown instead of brightly colored? ____________________
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Why does a robin have a red breast? ____________________________________
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What should a male robin bring to a female robin? _________________________
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What does a robin like to eat the in the summer? __________________________
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What does a robin like to eat in the winter? _______________________________
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What are some places a robin will build its nest? __________________________
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What are some differences between a European robin and an American robin?
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Illustrate a peacock and a robin.
Peacock
Robin
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Swans & Hoopoes
Read pages 44-47 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what
you learned.
Why does a swan have such a long neck? ________________________________
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What does a swan like to eat? _________________________________________
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What color is a North American Trumpeter swan’s beak? ____________________
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What does a swan do when it feels threatened? ___________________________
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What does a swan do to its S-shaped neck when flying? _____________________
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What is a male swan called? What is a female swan called? __________________
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What is a baby swan called? ___________________________________________
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Where does the hoopoe get its name? __________________________________
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How does a male hoopoe teach another male hoopoe a lesson? ______________
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Where does a hoopoe like to make its nest? ______________________________
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What are the feathers on a hoopoe’s head called? _________________________
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What does it do with these feathers when it feels excited? ___________________
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What does it do with these feathers when it feels calm? _____________________
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What does a hoopoe use its beak for? ___________________________________
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What is a hoopoe’s favorite treat? ______________________________________
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Illustrate a swan and a hoopoe.
Swan
Hoopoe
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Red-Crowned Cranes
Read pages 48-49 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what
you learned.
What is a crane good at, even though it doesn’t have webbed feet? ___________
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What does a crane like to live with? _____________________________________
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How does a crane talk to its friends? ____________________________________
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How does a crane find a mate? ________________________________________
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How does a parent crane keep its baby safe? ______________________________
_______________________________
Red-Crowned Crane
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What do baby chicks like to eat?
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Illustrate a red-crowned crane.
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Bird Calls & Songs
Read pages 52-53 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what
you learned.
How do birds use their songs? _________________________________________
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What kind of bird has the longest and most complicated song? _______________
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What birds sing duets to help the male and female bond? ___________________
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How old is a baby songbird when it starts to learn to sing? ___________________
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Which parent teaches a baby zebra finch to sing? __________________________
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What is the “dawn chorus”? ___________________________________________
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What bird is up first? What saying do we get from this? _____________________
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On the next page, illustrate and label some of the kinds of birds you read about.
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City Birds
Read pages 54-55 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what
you learned.
What are some advantages for birds that live in the city? ____________________
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What kind of bird nests on skyscrapers in New York City? ____________________
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What do city birds use to make their nests? _______________________________
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Is it usually warmer or cooler in the city compared with the countryside? _______
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What birds fly into London each night? __________________________________
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What birds are mentioned that have to sing at a higher pitch? ________________
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Why do they have to sing this way? _____________________________________
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On the next page, illustrate and label some of the kinds of birds you read about.
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Give Garden Birds a Home
Read pages 56-57 of The Big Book of Birds and answer the questions with what
you learned.
What can you put in a bird feeder during the winter? _______________________
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What animals do you have to keep the feeders away from? __________________
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What do garden birds love to eat in the spring and summer? _________________
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What nuts should you not put out in the spring? Why not? __________________
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What do blue tits and coal tits like to nest in? _____________________________
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What do robins, wrens, and wagtails prefer? ______________________________
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How can providing a bird bath help? ____________________________________
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Name a bird-friendly plant. What does it provide for bids who visit? ___________
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On the next page, illustrate and label some of the kinds of birds you read about.
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Bird Words
Read pages 60-61 of The Big Book of Birds and write the definition for each of the
following words:
Migration: _________________________________________________________
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Incubation: ________________________________________________________
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Fledgling: _________________________________________________________
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Camouflage: _______________________________________________________
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Carnivore: _________________________________________________________
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Herbivore: _________________________________________________________
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Insectivore: ________________________________________________________
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On the next page, draw a picture of your favorite bird. Be sure to label what kind
of bird it is!
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