Recently, I was asked why there is so much variation in the size and shape or different bird species beaks. While answering the question, I realized that this topic would be perfect to write about here on the blog!
So, why is it that there is so much variation? Let’s answer that questions by thinking about what a beak is used for. The main use of a beak is for feeding. Since beaks are mainly used for feeding, the variation in beak shape and size mostly has to do with the food that each species prefers.
Some beaks are made for digging seeds out of shells while others are designed to dig deep into the ground to pull out prey items. Let’s explore some of the most interesting beaks!