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Birds Proper name: Phylum Chordata, Class Aves
Common name: Birds
Examples: Parrots, pigeons, penguins

Numbers of species: About 10,000
Where they are found: Flying in the skies, swimming in the sea and wading in lakes and rivers

Description: Birds bodies are covered in feathers, they have beaks or bills, and most have adapted their bodies to flight. They lay small clutches of eggs and generally look after their young.

Need to know: Not all dinosaurs died out with Tyrannosaurus rex. Birds are dinosaurs! They evolved from small feathered dinosaurs millions of years ago, and are still flying today.

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