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Teacher Resources

Lesson plans, worksheets and suggested activities for achieving outcomes in the Biological sciences strand in the Australian Science Curriculum:        

 

Select Year Level> 1  2  3  4  5  6

Birdwatching

Tips to get the most out of a group excursion.

 

Specimens

Museum specimens of birds can be borrowed via the Queensland Museum Network Loans program- QM Loans.

Student Birding Guides

 

Designed for Prep-Year 2, Years 3-4, Years 5-6 

 

These booklets contain beautiful colour photos of many local birds as well as suggested activities related to achieving outcomes in the Australian  Curriculum, especially  Science.  They are available for sale from the Birdlife Australia website. 

Recommended websites are: Birdlife Australia  & Birds Queensland

Field Guides

 

There are many good field guides on the market - available in hard copy and some as apps.

Here is a selection:

  • Australian Bird Guide by Rohan Clarke et al

  • Birds of Australia - A Photographic Guide by Sam Woods et al 

  • Field Guide to Australian Birds by Michael Morcombe

  • Field Guide to the Birds of Australia by Ken Simpson &  Nicolas Day

  • The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia by Graham Pizzey & Frank Knight

  • The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds by Pat, Peter & Raoul Slater

Other Contacts: 

Sites that may have interesting and informative articles about birds include:

Australian Geographic

National Geographic

.au/australia/

Birdwatching Tips

Keep your ears “open” - you’ll be surprised how often you hear one or more birds calling, almost whenever you are outside.
 

Walk slowly and quietly so you do not scare them away.
 

Look up high, as well as at eye height and near the ground.
 

When you see or hear an interesting bird, stop, look and listen to learn more.

If you have binoculars, find the bird by keeping your eyes on it as you bring the binoculars to your eyes.

Ask yourself:

  • What size is it? (e.g. similar size to a Magpie? Willy wagtail? Brush Turkey?)

  • What are the main colours you see, and are they on the upperparts (head, back and wings) or underparts (between throat and undertail)?

  • Are there other markings on the body? (e.g. spots, barring, vertical stripes)

  • What shape is the beak? (long/ short, curved/ straight, hooked)

  • What is it doing? (resting, feeding, preening, calling)

  • What does its call or song sound like? (e.g. words, a tune, a musical instrument, machine)

  • How does it move? (walking/ hopping, gliding/ flapping, switching perches)

  • What feature is easiest to recognise/ remember? (tail, beak, colours, calls)

 

If other people are watching the bird, make sure that they can see it too.

Have fun and enjoy learning about birds!

Except where otherwise noted, text for individual bird species is the copyright of Richard Noske and licensed CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International

Learning Sequences and related Student Activity Sheets are the copyright of Marie Bermingham and Val Catchpoole and licensed CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International

All audio is used under Creative Commons licences as noted.

Except where otherwise noted, all illustrations are the copyright of Elissa Kimber, all rights reserved.

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