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spend the winter.

Have the class select a bird that lives along the Gulf of Mexico coast in the spring and summer, then migrates to South America in the fall for the winter.

Good examples are:

(a)Prothonotary warbler which winters from southeastern Mexico to Columbia and Venezuela.

(b)Summer tanager which winters from Mexico to Brazil.

(c)Blue grosbeak which winters from Mexico to Panama.

(d)Purple martin which winters in South America.

(e)Hummingbird which winters from Mexico to Central America.

(f)Yellow-billed cuckoo which winters in Argentina.

(g)Swallow-tailed kite which winters south of the U.S.

(h)Least tern (also called the "little tern") which winters south of the U.S. off the coast of Brazil.

Study the habits of this bird.  Ask students to research and discover:

(a)What food(s) does the bird eat while it lives on the Gulf coast?  How does it get the food?

(b)Where does it build its nest?  What type of nest does it build?  Describe the bird's eggs.

(c)What type of Gulf coast habitat does the bird prefer? Have humans encroached on (invaded) the habitat?  Give examples.

(d)What predators does it have on the Gulf coast?

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