02 - KS4: Battle of the Beaks

In any habitat, food is limited and the types of foods available can vary. Animals with variations allowing them to take advantage of available foods will be more likely to survive. We call beneficial inherited variations adaptations. Animals with the most helpful adaptations will be the most likely to live long enough to pass their genes on to the next generation.

In this activity you will simulate bird feeding by using a beak to collect food and place it into a stomach. There are four different beak shapes and a range of different food types to choose from.

This activity will allow you to explore the wide variety of beak types that can be seen within the bird population, as well as developing an understanding of the way in which beak shape is related to the available food sources within an environment.

Student Worksheet
KS4 practical 02: Battle of the Beaks (student version)

Teacher Worksheet
KS4 practical 02: Battle of the Beaks (teacher version)

We also have a version that would be suitable for any age (we've ran it successfully with Year 2s!) - click here to download.