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I’d like to dedicate my book to Skylar Gray  and Emily Wolff. This is because Skylar helped me a lot with my ideas and Emily helped me edit! Thanks guys!

 

My Book is about birds in the rainforest. This topic was completely new to me because I don’t like birds or the rainforest.  I decided it would be fun to research about something I don’t know, and it was! If I’m supposed to teach a lesson, it would be to do something you have never done before. You’ll thank me later.



INTRODUCTION + DEDICATION

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Table of Contents

 

2- Introduction and Dedication

 

4 - Chapter One: Toucans

 

11- Chapter Two- Macaws

 

15- Chapter Three- Harpy Eagles

 

21- Glossary

 

22- Bibliography

 

 

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The popularity of these creatures might shock you. It'd be suprising if you have not heard of them yet. These creatures have black feathers, a large, colorful beak, and magnificantly bright eyes. If you have guessed toucan, then you're correct! These small but shocking birds have an interesting lifestyle. You'll be suprised by how fascinating they actually are. They are well known for their appearance. They also have interesting homes, as well as an interesting diet.

Have you ever seen the beauty of a toucan? Toucans have beautiful bright eyes, which are an icy blue color. Toucans probably have brighter eyes than humans! The Animal Spot states, "Their eyes are a bright blue color." The small magnificant birds not only have outstandingly gorgeous eyes, but a rainbow on their bill to go with it! National Geographic states, "The toucan's oversized, colorful bill has made it one of the world's most popular birds." Did you know that the coloration of toucans is actually camoflauge in the rainforest? Hard to believe because of such bright colors, but these little birds need to have protection! Interesting Animal Facts states, "Their bright colorful markings provide them with excellent camoflauge in the rainforest. " Toucans are such amazing birds, who knew their coloration is considered camoflauge?

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Toucans live in rainforests and are native to South America. Animal Fact Guide states, "Toucans inhabit a range of habitats including tropical forests, savannas, and shrubland." Toucans live in tree holes. The birds create nests in tree holes and raise their children there. National Geographic states, "Toucans nest in tree holes. They usually have two to three eggs each year, which both parents care for." Toucans also live in flocks ranging from three to six birds. Chances are, if you spot an individual toucan, there will be others nearby. National Geographic states, "Toucans live in small flocks of about six birds." Animal Fact Guide states, "Toucans nest in the hollows of trees. They often move into cavities created or abandoned be woodpeckers."

In order for toucans to care for their young, they need food. Animal Fact Guide states, "... fruit, their main source of food." Toucans don't eat just food. Animal Fact Guide also states that toucans eat the eggs of other birds. They also occasionally eat insects and small birds. Suprisingly, toucans provide as pets. If you have the desire to adopt one, make sure to keep tiny birds out of sight. All About Pet Toucans states, "Any of the large species will make a meal out of a smaller bird, so if you have finches or lovebirds, keep them away from the larger toucans!" 

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Toucans are extrordinary birds. Toucans have bautiful appearances, rare locations, and a mutant birds' diet. These magnificant creatures are interesting birds, although you'd fall in love with them rather quickly.

 

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Have you ever read about an animal that can mimic human speech? Do tricks? You're about to! These mysterious birds are popular as pets because of their bright colors. If you've guessed macaw, then you're correct! Everyone enjoys the beauty of a macaw. A macaw provides people with endless entertainment and joy. Did you know that macaws are also popular as pets? No wonder! After all, macaws have amazing characteristics, interesting needs, and locations you would want to go to. Why not learn about these terrific creatures?

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Have you ever seen the beauty of a macaw? Macaws are well known for their colorful plumage. The unique birds are colored that way to best suit their life and habitat. The vibrant feathers are not considered camouflage although the feathers are not just their for looks. These sociable birds live in flocks ranging from 10-30 birds. National Geographic states, “Macaws are intelligent, sociable birds that often gather in flocks of 10-30 individuals.”  Macaws aren’t recognized for these odd but fascinating features, although they are worth spending time to learn about. Macaws apparently have dry scaly tongues and toes used for gripping. National Geographic states, “… dry scaly tongues…” and “Macaws also have gripping toes”. The tongues are used for tapping into fruits, while toes are used to hold and examine items along with standing.

 

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Macaws use a lot of things to make their appearance so jaw-dropping. Macaws need high protein in their diet, so they eat foods such as nuts and fruits. However, fruit is not the only item they have in their diet. Macaws also like to pick up and examine items with their claws. National Geographic states, “Macaws also have gripping toes that they use to latch onto and to grab, hold, and examine items.”  Macaws also eat insects and eggs as a part of their diet. however, these resources aren’t as crucial to the macaws diet than fruits and nuts are. If you are planning to adopt a macaw, don’t go out of your way to feed it what it eats in the rainforest. Just feed it bird food, like you would most other birds.

 

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Macaws live in the rainforests, forests along rivers, and grassland with trees. These areas are mostly spawned in Mexico, Central America, and South America. A-Z Animals states, “The Macaw is a colourful parrot native to Central and South America.” Even though Macaws are native to those two places, it doesn’t mean they aren’t founded other places in the world.

 

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In conclusion, Macaws are outstanding birds that are worth learning about. The talented creatures have beautiful coloration, resources you never knew about, and locations that will make you want to buy an airplane ticket just to see one of these beauties in the wild. You should go to a zoo to see the jaw-dropping birds, it’s worth the trip.

 

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Do you know what the most powerful bird of prey in the world is? You have probably never heard of it before, because it’s not very popular. This bird might be unfamiliar to some people, you will soon realize why. The Harpy Eagle is extremely difficult to spot in the wild because of it’s camouflage-like appearance, it’s uncommon habitat, and how sneaky it finds its resources.

 

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You’ll be shocked to learn that Harpy Eagles live in the rainforest. These birds specifically live in forested areas. San Diego Zoo states “Harpy eagles range from Mexico to Northern Argentina and live in forested areas.” These eagles are hard to spot in the wild because of their elevation level. Peregrine Fund states, “They live at low elevations where they can find prey and large trees for nests.” Did you know that these amazing creatures are near threatened? Near threatened means that the species of animal is close to being threatened and might possibly be extinct in the near future. These outstanding animals because of us, humans, destroying their habitat. Peregrine Fund states, “Sadly, Harpy Eagles are disappearing mainly because people are destroying their habitat.” Poor eagles.

 

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Harpy eagles have an interesting appearance, that’s for sure. These eagles have a strong, hooked beak, a wingspan of 6.5 feet, and the female’s size is almost twice the size of her mate. All these features aren’t the reasons why people might giggle or laugh when they see them. The main reason why these creatures are funny is because of their feather placement on their head. Arkive states, “ The feathers of the face form a facial ‘disk’.” You would be sorry if you messed with these guys, though. Unlike their appearance harpy eagles are one of the most powerful birds of prey in the world. They have massive talons and their legs can the the diameter of a man’s wrist. Arkive also says, “The harpy eagle’s large black bill is strongly hooked, and its legs and its toes are large and robust, with massive talons.” All the popularity has been on the Bald Eagles, what about these guys?

 

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Harpy Eagles have a large expectation to live up to. That being said, they need to have a well-balanced diet. Harpy Eagles can easily crush the bones of their victims tremendously fast, so they can capture them rather quickly. These dangerous birds of prey feed on opossums, porcupines, young deer, snakes, iguanas, and mainly sloths and monkeys. San Diego Zoo says that harpy eagles feed on opossums, porcupines, young deer, snakes and iguanas. However, most of these animals are a little too small to care for this strong mammal, so these birds of prey have to eat sloths and monkeys, to keep their health on track.

 

In conclusion, Harpy Eagles are

amazing creatures and deserve more

popularity. Afterall, they are about to

be threatened, have an enjoyable appearance

and shocking resources. I hope you can now see

why this eagle deserves the popularity it earns.

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Glossary

Toucans

camouflage- Appearance that is made mainly for protection

cavities- A hollow place

climate- A place that usually has an adjective associating with the word

coloration- The order of color; an arrangement of color

inhabit- To spend a long period in a specific area/place; to feel comfortable

native- A specific place where you have been born into

occasionally- Not often; time-to-time

Macaw

characteristic- a special feature

grip- a firm hold

mimic-to copy

plumage- feathers

sociable- very friendly

tapping- pecking

vibrant- bright, clear, energetic

 

Harpy Eagle

placement- the action of placing

talon- claw

unfamiliar- not common

uncommon- the opposite of common



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