Charting eggs ele
All about Birds ele/ms
Collecting data ele/ms
Nest Box Log ele/ms/hs
Life Cycles ele/ms
Mapping Birds ele/ms/hs
Feather Facts ms/hs
Scientific Thinking ele/ms/hs
Systems & Controls ms/hs
Science Journal Entry ms/hs
Make Puzzle ele/ms/hs
Ecology Vocabulary ms/hs
Other Nestbox residents:
Altricial versus Precocial
Looking for a meal:
The bluebird chicks are altricial. This means they cannot move around on their own upon hatching. They have only a few feathers. They stay in the nest and the parent(s) feed them. Both parents care for their young. The bluebird chicks leave the nest in about 15-18 days.
Precocial chicks are capable of moving almost right away. They leave the nest quickly after hatching. They are covered with a fluffy down. Bobwhite Quail chicks and wood duck ducklings are examples of birds that leave the nest soon after birth.
1. Explore Examples: Underline the correct word.
Give another example of:
2. How does this compare with mammal newborns?
3. Outside of your bedroom window, a robin has nested in the rhododendron bush. You can see everything and check it each day. One morning you hear peeping.
Make a prediction. If you hear peeping, what do you think you will see?
Based on what you have learned about altricial and precocial, this chick is:
4. A teacher tells your mom you are precocious. What does that mean?
Other potential nest box inhabitants:
BirdSleuth: Investigating Evidence - free materials from Cornell University
2002 Cindy O'Hora, Updated 3/2009, Posted May 2002
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