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Birds and beaks

1 Hour
Book Program
Year Levels


Animals have features that help them to survive in their environment. Damage to that environment affects the survivlal of those animals as it is not always possible for them to change where they live. A new environment may not provide their requirements.

Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge necessary. Can be taught as a previsit, post visit or stand alone program

Key Learning Question

How does the structure of a birds beak determine what they eat and how does this impact their survival?

Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  • Link the shape of a birds beak with its diet
  • Recognise that many birds would be unable to change what they eat if their food source became scares because of the shape of their beaks.


Students will:

  • Match six tools with six tasks such as cutting, digging things out of sand, breaking things apart
  • Link the action of each of these tools with a specific birds beak
  • Discuss the implications of the specificity of many birds beaks to their survival.

Victorian Curriculum

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)
  • With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be based on previous experiences or general rules (VCSIS082).

Learning Continuum

The following Learning Continuum is a guide for teachers to show the links between the programs Ecolinc offers onsite, online and through outreach. The Learning Continuum can be used to access Ecolinc resources to support the development of units of work.

Ecolinc Learn Online is an online learning management system offering interactive online courses for students and teachers. These courses can be undertaken either as a pre-visit, post-visit or stand-alone. Students are encouraged to do the pre-learning course before coming to Ecolinc for an onsite program.

Outreach programs are conducted by an Ecolinc education officer at your school. They are available to moderately disadvantaged primary schools in the Geelong, Ballarat and western suburbs areas (or within 100km radius from Bacchus Marsh)


Birds and beaks