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They say birds of a feather flock together – but do they really? In Birds, kids will learn why some birds, like pigeons, prefer the group mentality, while others, like eagles, are partial to pairing off. Take wing with a helpful graphic that explains how birds have evolved to see, eat, and sing the unique ways they do, then get the facts on feathers: how they grow, how they facilitate flight, and how they keep birds warm and dry. Then it’s on to eggs and nests, which are just about as distinctive as the 9,700 species of birds that populate our planet. You’ll also find out why there’s more to a bird’s sweet song than meets the ear – their screeches and squawks also help them talk, mate, and alert others to danger.
Ever wonder where the expression “eats like a bird” comes from? Take a closer look at the many types of food that birds eat, and how some species use tools to gather their meals. Tips on watching birds, for kids who are fascinated with our fine feathered friends, will inspire them to start their own bird journals or build their own bird feeders. They can also follow their flight throughout history, discovering why many species have become extinct. By the time you turn the last page, you too will understand why birds, for kids, are such objects of fascination and wonder.