All About Birds

© Contributed by Leanne Guenther

What is a bird?

What's a bird?

Do you know what makes a bird different from other animals?

blue jay bird

Blue Jay - bird

karner blue butterfly

Karner Blue Butterfly - insect

Is it the pretty colors?

No -- other animals, like fish and insects, come in all sorts of beautiful colors too.


toucan bird

toucan - bird


platypus - mammal


Is it the bill or beak?

No -- other animals, like the duck billed platypus (a mammal), have bills too.


chick with egg

penguin egg

crocodile coming out of egg

crocodile egg

Is it the eggs?

No -- other animals, like fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects and even some mammals, hatch from eggs as well.


bald eagle

bald eagle - bird


dragonfly - insect

Is it the wings?

No -- other animals, like insects and some mammals, have wings.



Then what is it!?



peacock - bird


All birds have feathers and birds are the only animals that do!

Feathers do many jobs for birds.  Soft down keeps them warm, wing feathers allow flight and tail feathers are used for steering.

The color of the feathers can be used to hide the bird or to help the bird find a boyfriend or a girlfriend!


Scientific information:  Birds are a scientific "class".  The scientific name for the class is Aves.


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