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CLIP 2474

Classifying animals - birds

Classifying animals - birds
Key Info
  • Classifying animals - birds
  • Duration: 02:17
  • A look at how different animals move - birds, mammals and insects. Some birds fly whereas others do not, so how do we know when a bird is a bird? We meet a lady who works at an ostrich farm. She shows us the features of the ostrich, explaining why it looks the way it does, and the purpose of each feature (eyes on the side of its head, large feathers, bare patches of skin). It is explained why the ostrich is definitely a bird, despite the fact it cannot fly.
  • Subject:



    Variation and Classification

  • Keywords: classifying animals, birds, ostrich, variation, adaptation
Ideas for use in class
  • This clip would be excellent to show how we classify animals, particularly birds. It could be the introduction to a discussion about the classification of animals. It could also be used in literacy as a stimulus for a piece of descriptive writing, or explanation text.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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