Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Male Jackson's widowbirds try to impress females by jumping high into the air.
  • Male Jackson's widowbirds also grow long tail feathers especially for the breeding season.
  • The female Jackson's widowbirds choose a partner based on the length of his tail feathers and his jumping abilities.

Curriculum keywords

  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Reproduction

Spark a discussion

  • Why do male Jackson's widowbirds jump into the air?
  • Why do you think the Jackson's widowbird grows its long, fancy tail feathers only for the breeding season? What might happen if it had them all year round?
  • Can you think of another animal whose appearance changes over the year? Why does this change happen?

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