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Bird Beaks &

Their Uses
Tearing Beak

Birds of prey such as the eagle, hawk,


falcon, and owl use their beak to tear their
food into small pieces they can swallow.
Griffon Vulture

DIET:
Feeds on large dead mammals, taking only
muscle meat and viscera. Their distended
crops and gizzards can hold over 13 pounds of
meat at a time.
Hook Beak

 Birds that eat fruit, berries, and vegetables


have a hooked beak to help them dig into
their food.
Yellow-Naped
Amazon Parrot

DIET:
Fruits, seeds, nuts, berries, blossoms, and
probably leaf buds.
Red-Billed
Hornbill

DIET:
Obtains almost all food on the ground while
running about. Feeds largely on insects -
beetles, grasshoppers, termites, ants, fly
larvae. Also takes geckos, birds' eggs and
nestlings and scavenges dead rodents.
Chestnut Mandibled
Toucan

DIET:
Primarily fruit and berries, but supplemented
with large insects, small reptiles and
amphibians, as well as the eggs and young of
other birds.
Blue & Yellow Macaw

DIET:
Seeds, fruits, nuts and probably vegetable
matter.
Spear-like Beak

These birds have a beak with serrated


edges and a hooked tip that helps them
catch fish or minnows. The heron is such a
bird.
Hammerkop

DIET:
Hammerkops feed on frogs, fish and
invertebrates.
Louisiana
Heron

DIET: fish, crustaceans, and insects


using their beak much like a spear.
Pelican
DIET: fish
Crackers Beak

Many birds that eat seeds must be able to


crack open the hull that surrounds the
seed. Birds such as finches and sparrows
do this.
Speckled Pigeon

DIET:
Mainly a ground feeder. Feeds on seeds and
cultivated grain.
Sparrow

DIET: seeds with hard shells, sometimes


flowers, insects, spiders, and berries.
Tweezers Beak
Birds that pull worms and insects from the
ground need tweezers-like beaks.
American Robin
DIET: earthworms, grubs, butterflies, cherries,
and blueberries
Straw-like Beak
The hummingbird’s beak allow it to sip
nectar from flowers. Some birds have
probing beaks that allow them to find food
in sand or mud.
Hummingbird

DIET: nectar
Filtering Beak

The bill of a duck is fringed to allow mud and


water to escape while straining plants,
seeds, and small animals for it to eat.
African Spoonbill

DIET:
Insects, larva, shellfish
Wood
Duck

DIET: plants, seeds, grasses and


other small insects and animals
that they find on or under the
water.

Aix sponsa
Lesser
Flamingo
DIET:
Herbivorous, feeding solely on Spirulina
plantensis, one of the blue-green algae
growing within a very limited range of pH: 10.4
- 10.5. They are surface feeders filtering the
top inch or two of water where the spirulina is
to be found with the deep-keeled bill that is
specialized for very fine food particles. They
swim well and are able to forage over the
complete surface of a lake (the "swim and
skim" technique).
White-Faced
Whistling Duck

DIET:
Invertebrates such as aquatic insects,
mollusks and crustaceans as well as aquatic
plants, seeds and rice. Commonly obtain
food by diving.
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Can you
match
the beak
with the
food it
catches?

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