Ed Golson Outdoor Education

What Are birds


Birds are warm-blooded, feathered animals with beaks for feeding.  Michigan is home to many birds including our state bird, the robin, as well as sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, black-capped chickadees, and many others.

Birds are also vertebrates, meaning they have a backbone.  However, their bones are hollow.  The hollow bones, along with wings and feathers, allow the bird to fly.


Another characteristic of birds is that they build nests to lay eggs in.  Here they raise and nurture their young for an increased chance of survival.  Unlike amphibians and fish eggs, bird eggs are hard.  This gives bird eggs added protection and reduces the chances of drying out.




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