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KS3 Maths, Geography & Languages - Bird Park Project: Flight and migration

A guide to information sources for your Year 7 maths, geography and languages Bird Park project - compiled by your librarians

Flight and migration

Swan in flight over pond near Colusa CA-35 11-15-09

Migration is the "regular, usually seasonal, movement of all or part of an animal population to and from a given area"

Birds have an amazing compass sense, they are able to fly in a particular direction or find their way home, regardless of where they are released.

Find out more about flight and migration on this page.

(Source of information: Encyclopaedia Britannica)

Test your knowledge of flight

Test your knowledge of flight with this quiz from NASA.

Test your knowledge of migration

Try this quiz to find out how much you know about migration and help the wood thrush in her migration from Costa Rica and Maryland.

History of flight

This NASA website looks at the history of manned flight and our experiences of trying to fly like the birds.

Find out about flight

(Source of picture: Animal Planet)

Explore these websites to find out more about flight:

The Cornell Lab : Flight and feathers

The Cornell University website includes brief information about how different birds are adapted for flight. 

BBC Nature : Wildlife - videos of bird flight

The BBC Nature: Wildlife includes lots of fascinating videos about birds with a number on flight.  Explore the website to find links to many more BBC pages with useful information on birds.


Watch this video to see the 'Smart Bird', an ultra-light weight robot created in the likeness of a seagull.  The robotic bird can flap its wings and can fly gracefully through the air under its own power.

(Source of video: you tube)

Hummingbird in flight

One of the most amazing birds in flight is the hummingbird, watch this video to see this bird's unique skills.

(Source of video: you tube)

All about migration

Explore these websites to find out more about migration:

Interactive map : Migration patterns

Click on the map above then choose 'Migration Patterns' to see some incredible migration journeys using the Sony Classics website. 

RSPB: Migration