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Science Takes Wing - Lesson II -BIRD SOUNDS


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Science Takes Wing - Lesson II -BIRD SOUNDS

Lesson activity based on the

ASU Ask-a-Biologist virtual aviary


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Did you know?

Birds “sing” to attract mates and announce their territories.

Birds “call” in alarm, or to announce food.

Each Bird species has its own song and call.


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  • Most birdwatchers find birds by hearing them first.

  • You can learn to identify birds by sound, too!


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Here are 10 common birds found in the southwestern U.S.


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Learning Bird Sounds

Listen to each bird’s sound (each clip is 25-33 seconds long) and make notes about what you hear.

Is the sound sweet, raspy, fast, slow?

Use your notes to answer quiz questions.


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Example: Red-tailed Hawk

Write on your paper something like: “Raspy Scream”


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Example Quiz:

Which Bird Do you Hear?

A. Tweety

B. Red-tailed Hawk

C. Roadrunner


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We will learn all 10 birds and their songs

then have the quiz.


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Killdeer


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Mourning Dove


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Anna’s Hummingbird


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Gila Woodpecker


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Northern Mockingbird


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Curve-billed Thrasher


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Great-tailed Grackle


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House Finch


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House Sparrow


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Red-tailed Hawk


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Ready for the Quiz?

Listen to the bird song and

select the correct answer

from the choices given.

Use your notes to help!


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Bird Song 1

Which bird do you hear?

  • Northern Mockingbird

B. House Finch

C. Great-tailed Grackle


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Bird Song 2

Which bird do you hear?

A. Gila Woodpecker

B. House Sparrow

C. Curve-billed Thrasher


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Bird Song 3

Which bird do you hear?

A. House Sparrow

B. Killdeer

C. Mourning Dove


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Bird Song 4

Which bird do you hear?

A. Gila Woodpecker

B. Anna’s Hummingbird

C. Red-tailed Hawk


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Bird Song 5

Which bird do you hear?

A. Killdeer

B. House Finch

C. Curve-billed Thrasher


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Bird Song 6

Which bird do you hear?

A. House Sparrow

B. Curve-billed Thrasher

C. Red-tailed Hawk


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Bird Song 7

Which bird do you hear?

A. Anna’s Hummingbird

B. Northern Mockingbird

C. Great-tailed Grackle


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Bird Song 8

Which bird do you hear?

A. Northern Mockingbird

B. Anna’s Hummingbird

C. Red-tailed Hawk


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Bird Song 9

Which bird do you hear?

A. Gila Woodpecker

B. Great-tailed Grackle

C. Red-tailed Hawk


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Bird Song 10

Which bird do you hear?

A. House Sparrow

B. Anna’s Hummingbird

C. Killdeer


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Correct Your Quiz

  • B. House Finch

  • C. Curve-billed Thrasher

  • C. Mourning Dove

  • B. Anna’s Hummingbird

  • A. Killdeer

  • C. Red-tailed Hawk

  • C. Great-tailed Grackle

  • A. Northern Mockingbird

  • A. Gila Woodpecker

  • A. House Sparrow

How did you do?


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Try Listening Outside

Explore bird sounds outdoors by sitting quietly and listening for 10 minutes. How many different bird songs or calls do you hear?

Try this activity at different times of day. When do you hear the most? Why?


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Learn More

Want to hear more bird songs?

Visit the virtual aviary at

the Ask-a-Biologist web site to

listen and learn more about

birds in the southwest..

http://askabiologist.asu.edu/birdsongs/

For more classroom activities please contact:

Cathy Wise (602) 468-6470, cwise@audubon.org


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Acknowledgements

The Ask-a-Biologist program is supported by the ASU School of Life Sciences. All the bird recordings and photographs for this activity used with permission. Sharing this activity is encouraged. Please be sure to submit the permission request form so that we can track the use of materials and keep this program running.

Bird Photograph Credits:

Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Curve-billed Thrasher:Robert Shantz

Mourning Dove, Great-tailed Grackle, House Finch, House Sparrow:Richard P. Dunbar

Anna’s Hummingbird and Gila Woodpecker:Barb Winterfield

Northern Mockingbird:Richard Ditch

http://askabiologist.asu.edu/pages/permissions.php


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Science Takes Wing - Lesson II -BIRD SOUNDS

AZ Science Standards Alignment, Grades 5-8

Strand 1: Inquiry Process, Concept 1-3 *

Strand 4: Life Science, Concept 4*

* Performance objectives vary by grade


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