台北復興分校 Intensive 3C Howard
Besides fascinating animals, like sloths, alligators and jaguars, many kinds of interesting birds live in the Amazon rainforest. The reason the rainforest is a great habitat for birds is that there are many big, tall trees in the forest. Here birds can make their homes and they can be safe from big animals (like jaguars). Two of my favorite rainforest birds are humming birds and parrots.
A humming bird is a small bird that is quite different from other birds. It is very colorful, has tiny wings, a short tail and a long beak. Its main source of food is the nectar from flowers and it uses its long beak to drink it. Amazingly, the humming bird can flap its wings hundreds of times in a second. Like a helicopter, it can fly in any direction. It can even fly backwards. Did you know there are three hundred and fifty different kinds of hummingbirds? One kind is the smallest bird in the world and is only five centimeters tall.
A parrot is a pretty bird that is famous for its colorful feathers. It mainly eats the fruits and nuts from rainforest trees. Its most interesting characteristic is that it is good at imitating sounds. It can even copy human speech. If you buy a parrot, you can try to train it to talk. Another cool fact is that a parrot can live for over eighty years, which is as long as most people will live.
While they are different in many ways, a humming bird and a parrot are similar to each other in some ways. One way they are the same is that they both have brightly colored feathers. The reason is so that they can see birds of the same kind among the dark vegetation of the forest. A big difference between the two, apart from the size of their bodies, is the shape of their beaks. The humming bird’s beak is long and thin, because it needs to reach the nectar inside flowers. The parrot’s beak is strong and curved; because it needs to crack the shells that protects the nuts it likes to eat.
If you want to find out more information about the hummingbird or parrot, or other animals that live in the Amazon rainforest, you can visit the library or look on the internet.