Did you know that only birds have feathers? That is what makes a bird different from other animals. Feathers, such as soft down keeps the birds warm, while wing feathers allow flight and tail feathers are used for steering. The color of the feathers can be used to hide the bird (camouflage) or to attract a mate.
Non-exclusive bird characteristics:
- Did you know that birds do not have teeth? Instead of teeth, birds have a bill or a beak, but other animals, like a duck-billed platypus (which is a mammal), also has a bill.
- Baby birds hatch from eggs, but other animals, like fish, amphibians, reptiles (for example a crocodile), insects and even some mammals, hatch from eggs as well.
- Birds have wings, but other animals, like insects (such as a butterfly, dragonfly, or a ladybug) and some mammals, have wings too.
This wooden Montessori Zoology Bird puzzle (buy similar here) is perfect for developing fine-motor control as a child pincer-grips the pegs of the puzzle pieces, while learning the parts of the bird.
"Only birds have feathers; baby birds hatch from an egg; … bird's tail is used for steering."
"By-By Robin Birdy!"
For more on Birds, read our "🐦 Bird Unit Study – Books and Materials" here.
For more on similar Montessori Zoology puzzles, read here "Wooden Animal Zoology Puzzles Cabinet Set."