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General Characteristics of Birds

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General Characteristics of Birds

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You get to find interesting information about the major groups of animals that have backbones. While discovering the features that make these groups unique, also learn about the evolution of the heart.

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After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain the general characteristics of birds.
  • Give examples of birds.

Everything You'll Have Covered

What is the function of a bird's air bladders?

~ Air bladders increase the efficiency of gas exchange within their lungs, and they also help them to breathe.

Which physical feature is the most indicative of a bird's feeding strategy?

~ A bird's beak tells the most about its feeding strategy. The size and shape of a bird's beak often provides clues as to what and how a particular bird eats. Since they do not have teeth, birds must rely on their beaks for feeding. Different bird species have different types of beaks based on the foods they normally eat.

How do birds maintain their temperature?

~ Birds maintain their temperature with both their circulatory system and their feathers. Their circulatory system pumps warm blood though their bodies and their feathers help keep the heat inside their bodies.

Why do female birds sit on their eggs after they have been laid?

~ Female birds sit on their eggs to keep them warm and protect them from predators.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be familiar with the terms: bird, dinosaur, and eagle.
Course Biology
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary bird, dinosaur, eagle