Birds are a group of endothermic vertebrates, characterised by feathers, toothless beaked jaws, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a strong yet lightweight skeleton.
Many species of birds are economically important as food for human consumption and raw material in manufacturing, with domesticated and undomesticated birds (poultry and game) being important sources of eggs, meat, and feathers. Songbirds, parrots, and other species are popular as pets…
Some birds are associated with the water, such as the duck, goose, swan, and seagull.
Different Parts of a Bird
General Vocabulary about Birds
- Nests - Nest is a structure built to hold eggs, offspring.
- Hatch - egg of birds
- Bird migration - Bird migration is the regular seasonal movement, often north and south along a flyway, between breeding and wintering grounds.
- A group of birds is called a flock.
- “Birds of prey” are birds that hunt and eat animals, such as the eagle, hawk, and owl.
- A vulture is a type of bird of prey that is known as a scavenger – it eats animals that are already dead.
We have a variety of English words to describe the sounds that birds make:
- Sing - when birds are making a musical sound
- Tweet/twitter/cheep/chirp - when birds are making short, high sounds
- Shriek/cry - a very loud, piercing sound made by a bird
- Hoot - the deep sound made by an owl
- Caw - the sound made by a crow (sounds like “AWW! AWW!”)
- Cluck - the short, low sound that a chicken makes
- Crow / cock-a-doodle-do - the sound that a rooster makes