Zoology & Botany

blue bird

Prepare a picture of/book about/a toy bluebird in advance and a sample of blue feathers

Say: Look at this animal. (Show a picture of bluebird.) This is a bird.

Remember, to be classified as a bird an animal should have a beak or bill, should have 4 toes on each foot, meaning to be zygodactyl.

The bodies of birds are covered with feathers.

All birds have two wings and a tail.

Remember, all animals move! Wings help birds fly and soar!

(Point to the bluebird) Say: The bluebird is a

Medium-sized bird with a big, rounded head, large eye, plump body, and alert posture. Its wings are long, but the tail and legs are fairly short. The bird´s bill is short and straight. (put two finger on your mouth to form the straight bill) Say: Look at the short and straight bill of the cute bluebird!

(Hold up the blue feathers) Say: Bluebirds have blue, or blue and rose beige, plumage. Female birds are less brightly colored than males, although color patterns are similar and there is no noticeable difference in size between the two sexes. Bluebirds are territorial and prefer open grassland with scattered trees. This is similar to the behavior of many species of woodpecker. .

Go back to the picture of the bluebird. Say: let’s find bluebird’s body parts. This is its head, eyes, nose (Two little holes on the beak to breath from), beak, body, legs: 1,2,; this is its beautiful tail! The most common call of the bluebird is a soft, low-pitched, melodious ‘tu-a-wee’ or ‘tura-lee’, while its song is a fairly low, short, varied series of warbles and whistles (Let´s sing and whistle like bluebird, baby) . This song is usually given by the male from a high perch or in flight, although the female may sometimes also sing if a predator is spotted near the nest. 

There are three species of these colorful North American birds. Eastern and western bluebirds have a reddish brown breast, which contrasts with their predominately blue plumage. Their relative, the mountain bluebird is sky blue in upper body. Lighter blue in lower body.

Remember that birds are living things. They need energy to live. Bluebirds eat small fruits and hunt insects, spiders, and other creatures from above. Since bluebirds eat both vegetables and insects, they are considered omnivorous animals. Mountain bluebirds are able to hover above the ground while searching for insects. This enables them to live in areas with few trees or shrubs, while Eastern and Western Bluebird need trees to provide the elevated perches from which they hunt. Mountain bluebirds typically migrate to lower elevations during the same lean seasons. Their arrival in early spring is a sure sign that winter is on the way out. ¨ Do you know, baby that late winter and early spring cold fronts can be very dangerous for bluebirds due to the depletion of natural fruit supplies and the lack of insects?¨

Bluebirds can typically produce between two and four broods during the spring and summer. Males identify potential nest sites and try to attract prospective female mates to those nesting sites with special behaviors that include singing and flapping wings, and then placing some material in a nesting cavity. If the female accepts the male and the nesting site, she alone builds the nest and incubates the eggs. Male may carry nest material to the nest, but he does not participate in the actual building. The female lays four or five eggs and incubates them for about two weeks. . Young remain in the nest, cared for by both parents, for an additional 15 to 20 days. Sometimes, a young bluebird from the first brood will remain in the nest and assist its parents in caring for the second. Bluebirds are beautiful birds that add joy and color to our world We need to take care of them and treat them with respect because they are living things just like us, people.

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