Bird Body Basics
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

Birds have many anatomical parts that are different than or nonexistent in mammals. Try to match the body part on the left with its description on the right.

1. Air sacs A. Muscular stomach
2. Cere B. Sternum
3. Crop C. Enlargement of the esophagus before it enters the stomach
4. Gizzard D. External opening for the end of the digestive tract
5. Keel E. Firm, fleshy area above the beak
6. Primaries F. Located at the base of the tail, it produces an oil which helps 'waterproof' the bird
7. Syrinx G. Connections to the lungs
8. Uropygial gland H. Voice box
9. Vent I. Large flight feathers on the wings
10. Wing coverts J. Small feathers that cover the base of the larger flight feathers




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