FACTS – MAMMALS – VIII

BIRDS FACTS

FRESH WATER BIRDS

If you search around fresh water anywhere in the world you will find teams of birds living on it or near it. Some are swimmers and others are waders.

KINGFISHERS

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Kingfishers live by rivers. They perch on branches above the water waiting for fish to swim past. When they see one, they dive!

When the kingfisher catches a fish it flicks its wings, resurfaces, and files away with its dinner.

WATERFOWL

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Ducks, geese, and swans are waterfowl. They have boat-shaped bodies and webbed feet, which make them very good swimmers.

WADERS

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Waders have long legs that allow them to walk in shallow water without getting their feathers wet. Some also have long necks for finding food.

PINK FLAMINGOS

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Flamingos live in huge flocks, of sometimes a million birds! Many of them are pink because they eat tiny shrimps that dye their feathers pink.

SEA BIRDS

Many birds spend their lives next to the sea or out in the open ocean. Some only return to land to breed and raise young.

OTHER SEA BIRDS

The coastlines of the world are always packed with sea birds.

HERRING GULL

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This bird is common in Europe and North America.

INCA TERN

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This bright bird lives on the west coast of south America.

CORMORANT

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This bird can also be found inland in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

PUFFINS

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The puffin has webbed feet and small wings, which it uses like fins to swim, as well as to fly. It raises its one chick, called a puffling, in a burrow.

The puffin can dive to depth of 60 m

CLIFF BIRD

These black-legged kittiwakes, like many other birds, live in huge, noisy groups on cliff faces. They even nest and lay their eggs on the narrow ledges.

The cliff are a safe place to rest away from enemies.

A FLOCK OF GULLS

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Gulls can often be seen in huge numbers along the seashore. They eat almost anything, raiding rubbish dumps and stealing other birds eggs.

 

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