True or False?… Some birds can chirp with their feathers.
Birds use their feathers for a lot more than just flying. The male club-winged manakin rapidly vibrates his wings and feathers to make a chirping sound that attracts females. You can watch one in action right here:
This trivia was inspired by:
Title: Feathers: Not Just for Flying
Author/Illustrator: Melissa Stewart (Author) and Sarah S. Brannen (Illustrator)
Suitable For Ages: 6 – 9 years
Themes/Topics: Birds, Feathers, Use of Similes
Booktalk: This beautiful nonfiction book introduces readers to a number of impressive birds, focusing on the fascinating ways they use their feathers. The book uses similes to compare bird feathers with common objects in our lives (such as: “Feathers can soak up water like a sponge.”)
This book is deserving of the many awards it has received, including recognition as an ALA Notable Children’s Book. The illustrations are stunning and the text is crisp and informative. A great addition to any bookshelf!
Birds and feathers go together, like trees and leaves, like stars in the sky. All birds have feathers, but no other animals do.
Identify Birds: Go on a hike and identify birds with help from Audubon’s FREE Bird Guide App.
Prevent Window Collisions: Make window decals to prevent birds from crashing into your glass windows. This article shares everything you need to know.
Fix a Problem: For younger children, use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how birds use their feathers (adapted from NGSS 1-LS1-1).
Brainstorm: For older children, construct an argument that birds have external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction (adapted from NGSS 4-LS1).
Plant Something: Plant a bird-friendly plant. Not sure what birds like? Audubon can help with this free resource.
Construct Your Own Similes: Watch Melissa Stewart’s YouTube video about her decision to use similes in the book, then practice making your own similes using the comparison words “as” or “like”.