Dear Wild Kitten and Little Scientists,
I think it is wonderful that you will be releasing your butterflies on Monday! We hope you will tell us how the release goes and what you thought and felt when you watched them flying free in their big, wild world.
question: our dictionary says raptor are "birds that hunt and kill other animals" ....Does this make a penguin a raptor?
No, it makes the dictionary wrong.
Many types of birds eat meat, fish and other aquatic creatures (example mussels, oysters, crayfish etc.), insects, frogs, snakes and just about anything you could name. Some birds eat only "meat", and others eat it as part of their diets.
The body of the raptor, or 'bird of prey', is adapted to hunting, capturing and eating prey in special ways, and the raptor is characterized by:
- a strong, curved beak with which the bird can tear meat (the penguin has a bill, with which it catches fish).
- strong talons and legs, so that it can capture and carry prey.
- keen vision, so that it can spot prey.
- flight that is adapted to the type of prey the bird catches.
This website has a raptors video, an activity sheet and games! It will help you explore the things that make a raptor -- a raptor. http://idahoptv.org/dialogue4kids/season5/boprey/raptors.cfm