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Bird Beaks

Probing

play American Woodcock

This forest bird probes in the earth and leaves for earthworms.

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Hudsonian Godwit

Watch this shorebird probe in the mud for insects and plant matter. Some shorebird bills are straight, other species' curve up or down.

Chiseling

play Downy Woodpecker

This bird chisels at the tree bark to pull out insects from deep inside.

 

Tearing

play Peregrin Falcon

This falcon has returned to its nest with a small bird, which it is tearing apart to feed its young.

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Crested Caracara
Watch this scavenger tearing at a carcass with its sharp, curved beak.

 

Scooping and Straining

playAmerican White Pelican
This type of pelican dips its head in the water and opens its beak wide to catch fish.

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Roseate Spoonbill

Watch this bird use its strangely shaped beak to work its way across a pond straining out small food items.

 

Cracking Seeds

play American Goldfinch

Finches and cardinals have cone-shaped beaks with broad bases for cracking seeds open.

 

Sipping Nectar

play Anna's Hummingbird

These hummingbirds are attracted to the red artificial flower openings on the feeder. If you look closely, you can see their beaks and tongues dip into the nectar.