Picking food with beaks in What do animals eat – Class 6 Science Experiment

Chapter Name: What do animals eat

Activity Name: Picking food with beaks in What do animals eat

Activity Description:

The experiment aims to observe and compare the similarities and dissimilarities in the way and type of food eaten by hens and crows. The focus is on their beaks and how they are adapted to their respective diets.

Required Items:

  • Hen
  • Crow
  • Observation table

Step by Step Procedure:

  1. Observe the hen and the crow separately.
  2. Note down the similarities and dissimilarities in the way they search for food and the type of food they eat.
  3. Use the observation table to organize the information.

Experiment Observations:

S.No | Similarities | Dissimilarities

  1. | Both hen and crow search for food. | The hen pecks the ground for insects and seeds, while the crow scavenges for various food sources.
  2. | Both hen and crow use their beaks to pick up food.| The hen has a shorter beak compared to the crow.


  1. Observe the birds from a safe distance to avoid disturbing their natural behavior.
  2. Do not attempt to handle or approach the birds closely.

Lesson Learnt from Experiment:

Through this experiment, we learn that while hens and crows both search for food, there are notable differences in their feeding behaviors and beak structures.

The hen’s shorter beak is adapted for pecking the ground for insects and seeds, while the crow’s longer beak allows it to scavenge a variety of food sources. This highlights the correlation between a bird’s beak structure and its diet preferences.

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