|Robin in my Backyard|
Are you ever curious about the habits of birds? Did you realize that a bird's senses of vision, hearing, touch and smell many times surpass the same senses in humans? Did you know that if you "ate like a bird" you might eat more than twenty-five pizzas each day? These are just a few of the many things you'll learn about birds in the book What It's Like to Be a Bird.
First Section: Introduction
|Female Downy Woodpecker|
- The introduction section of the book is 32 pages full of information on birds in general. This section talks about the feathers on birds, the senses of birds and how they relate to human senses. There are sections on
- Social Behavior
- There are 11 thousand species of birds today and 800 are regularly found in North America.
- Birds visual ability varies greatly between species. Owls have great night vision and Eagles see five times more details than humans and 16 times the colors.
- Some birds spend their entire winter in the air, even sleeping while they fly.
Second Section: Main Body of Book
One good example is the section on Finches. The first page shows a beautiful illustration of a male and female House Finch building a nest. The information says that these finches are aptly named because they have adapted to living around houses and often make their nests on items around the houses such as hanging plants and window ledges. On the page with Goldfinches we are told that they travel in flocks almost all year and it is believed that some birds stay together in small groups for months or even years.
Third Section: Listing of Birds in this Book
Here is some of the information included on the Northern Cardinal. It tells that the bird is named for its bright red color which is like the cardinals in the Roman Catholic church. The paragraph goes on to say that the Northern Cardinal is one of the most widely recognized birds in North America. It adds a couple of interesting facts such as that it is common for male cardinals to feed the adult females. In this way they are signaling their ability to find food.
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