Feed the Birds

This resource, from the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB), allows students to recognise common birds and to carry out two investigations which involve the feeding behaviour of birds.

*Observing garden birds to study the effect of the colour of food items on consumption

*Observing scavenger birds in the school playground to study inter- and intra-specific competition between birds

The analyses can be used either to acquire knowledge about bird ecology and behaviour in general, or as a vehicle to cover other skills such as the drawing of graphs and interpreting data. Through the investigations suggested here, students can be taught to think about the different variables in any habitat and how they affect the behaviour of organisms.

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This resource is part of Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB)