How Birds Fly (Birds Up Close)

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9780865057685: How Birds Fly (Birds Up Close)

There are more than 9,000 different species of birds in the world! Birds Up Close introduces young readers to fascinating bird facts answering questions about the aerial abilities of birds, their magnificent plumage, and astounding hunting prowess. Spectular full-color photos feature intriguing birds that live in forests, deserts, grasslands, and on water. Detailed illustrations help explain the mechanics of flight in a simple, clear way.Making a safe landing can be difficult for some seabirds. If the wind is not cooperating, they often crashland risking injury to their feet and legs. How Birds Fly uses detailed illustrations to help explain the dynamics of lift and thrust which keeps birds in the air. Also explored is: -- the nature of bird anatomy-- the role of feathers in flying-- why hummingbirds hover and why birds migrate in a V-formation-- the evolution of birds and the man-made dangers they face

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Taken from Chapter 3: Built for flight Bird bodies are perfect for flight. They are lightweight, but they are powerful. The sleek, or streamlined, shape of birds helps them slip easily through the air. During flight, a bird tucks its legs against its body and becomes even more streamlined. Feathers help smooth the body from head to tail.

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Birds Up Close is a fascinating series of six books. They help children understand the mechanics of flight and why some birds can't fly -- Sally Bender, Brandon Sun, Dec. 28, 1997

One of the great mysteries which fascinates young children is how do birds fly? This book explains all. Questions of why do birds fly [to escape danger] to how do they fly and how do they take off and land are answered through a concise text, excellent diagrams, and well placed illustrations. This is a fascinating book which even the lay adult reader would find of interest -- Kay Lehr, Fort Rouge School, Manitoba, March 1998

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