The Mad Scientist: Bird Brains

It is I, the mad scientist! Join me and my minions as we study some of God’s amazing creatures; learning tons of fun facts along the way.

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Summer_ScienceSeveral years ago, we bought our little “Mouse” parakeets. Since their introduction into our home, she has learned so much about caring for her little friends and been dedicated in training them to be people friendly. In their honor, we will spend the next two weeks learning a little more about our winged friends!

As always, it is best to start at the beginning. Our first lesson is to review the life cycle of birds. To spice things up a little, we can focus on birds that ‘break the mold’, such as Mound Builders.

Life Cycle of Bird

After our quick review, it might be best to dig a little deeper for the older kids in the crowd. Let’s take a few moments and study the body structure of these flying creatures.

Birds_ext

Now, the internal workings…

internal_organs

A thorough study of birds would not be complete without discussing various wing structures (including an in-depth look at feathers) and beak variations. This would be the perfect time to dig out our microscope and take a closer look at the feathers collected around the bird-cage! As for beaks, it’s time to head over to YouTube for a short lecture.

The circle of life doesn’t affect our fish friends alone. It’s time to discover just where our birds fit into the food chain.

bird-foodchain

My kids would think our lesson incomplete if we didn’t include some type of craft into our activities. To finish off our day, I think we should put our sewing skills to some use and make our own birds!

Bird craft 062

Whew! That is quite a bit to cover in one morning. I think it’s time to curl up and relax. Perhaps we’ll head out back to feed our outdoor bird friends and enjoy the lovely afternoon.

Time to Chime In: Did you know you can teach parakeets to talk? It seems we are out of luck though, putting two birds together hinders them from speaking. They tend to talk only when they are alone, needing the interaction with people not found from another bird. Have you ever taught a bird to speak? Give us some tips!

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12 thoughts on “The Mad Scientist: Bird Brains

  1. Cristina, how do you get the printables to show for everyone to see? When I want to show printables I always just have the link for people to click on, but I want people to see it! Thanks!

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