Five groups that classify all living things
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
A group of animals within a pylum
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
|5cm - 270cm (2in - 106in)|
The measurement from one wing tip to the other
|9cm - 300cm (4in - 118in)|
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
|0.002kg - 130kg (0.004lbs - 286lbs)|
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
How long the animal lives for
|1 - 100 years|
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
|Brown, Grey, White, Black, Yellow, Red, Orange, Blue, Pink|
The protective layer of the animal
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
|Forests and shrub land close to water|
|Average Clutch Size:|
The average number of eggs laid at once
The food that the animal gains energy from
|Fruit, Spiders, Insects, Seeds|
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
|Foxes, Birds, Wild dogs|
Characteristics unique to this animal
|Light, feathered body and beak|
There are numerous species of bird found in a wide variety of habitats all around the world. Birds are one of the most thriving groups of animals on the planet as they generally have their habitat (the skies) to themselves.
Birds can be easily distinguished from other animals due to their sharp, pointed beaks, thin legs, wings and feathers covering their bodies. Although all bird species have wings, some are actually flightless animals that only use their wings for balance and not for flying. Where other birds, such as penguins, use their wings for swimming.
Birds are often omnivorous animals, generally eating nearly anything that they can find. Most species of bird survive on a diet primarily consisting on insects and plants such as fruits, nuts, berries and seeds.
Birds are also distinctive in the fact that they lay eggs in a similar way to other animal groups such as fish and reptiles. Birds often make nests in the trees or on the ground in which to lay their eggs.
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First Published: 14th November 2008, Last Updated: 8th November 2019
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