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Birds
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.38

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     challenging words:    contour, factor, incubation, mid-August, pointed, roundtrip, tern, warm-blooded, windswept, species, seabirds, lightweight, emperor, unique, breed, type
     content words:    Arctic Ocean


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1     Birds are the only type of animals with feathers. Birds are warm-blooded, and most of them can fly. All birds have two wings, even the species that cannot fly, such as ostriches, kiwis, and penguins. Birds do not have teeth. Instead, they have beaks. Birds lay eggs. Most birds build nests for their eggs, and they sit on their eggs during incubation. Emperor penguins, however, do not. A mother emperor penguin lays only one egg. Her husband is in charge of incubation. He holds the single egg on top of his feet and covers it with a fold of skin.
 
2     There are more than 9000 different kinds of birds. Many people mistakenly think bats are birds. They are not! Bats are mammals. Eagles, puffins, and flamingos all belong to the family of birds.
 
3     Do birds fly simply because they have wings? No! Unique body structure, feathers, and wings are what make birds fly. Birds have hollow, lightweight bones. They have strong chest muscles to pull their wings up and down. Feathers are important in flight. There are three types of feathers: down feathers, body feathers, and flight feathers.

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