What Bird Am I? is a printable game of bird deduction, where players are attempting to deduce the identity of their opponent’s bird, by asking questions and using a key of twenty four birds.
Birds are a very diverse and fascinating group!
They come in all colours – black grackles, white snowy owls, and colourful birds-of-paradise. They also come in a variety of sizes – compare the smallest bee hummingbird (5.7 cm or 2 1/4″ long) with the largest ostrich (210 cm or 6’10”)!
Some birds, such as mallard ducks, can swim, but many others cannot. On the other hand, many of them can fly, but not all of them. Penguins or kiwi birds do not have the ability to become airborne.
There are also plenty of animal records in their group! Peregrine falcons are recognized as the fastest animal; ostriches lay the biggest eggs; and corvids are among the smartest animals – they use tools and have complicated social rituals.
What Bird Am I? game encourages players to learn about the diversity of the bird world! It is based on the principles of STEM and integrates science (biology, or more specifically, ornithology) and math (logical thinking and deductive reasoning). It also encourages players to take further interest in learning about nature.
We hope you will enjoy the game!
How to Play What Bird Am I? Game
In this game of bird deduction, each player gets a bird card. By asking questions and using the key of twenty four birds, the players are attempting to deduce the mystery bird of their opponents. But don’t just ask about the appearance of the birds—focus instead on their prominent attributes, which are expressed through icons on each card.
In the example below, the green player asks, “Can your bird swim?” The red player whose mystery bird is the kingfisher says, “Yes.” Then the green player flips over all the cards of non-swimming birds, and it leaves the green player with just a few bird cards to choose from.
The red player asks, “Is your bird endangered?” The green player with the barn owl as their mystery bird says, “No.” The red player can flip over all the endangered bird card. It clears a few of them. Though not quite as much as for the green player.
The players continue to take turns and asking questions until one of them is ready to name the mystery bird of the other.
Each information card is packed full of fun facts, so it is interesting to read them out loud, once the right guess is made. Each card features a watercolour illustration of a bird, its common name, its Latin binomen, where it can be found, a few interesting facts about it, and, of course, all of its prominent attributes, expressed with icons that you can see at the bottom of the card.
All the small playing cards have the attribute icons as well, and they are what players are encouraged to use, in order to guess the bird of the opponent.
What kind of questions can players ask, based on the attributes? Here are a few! “Can this bird fly?” “Can this bird swim?” “Does it eat grain/insects/nectar/everything?” “Is it active during the day/night/both?” “Does it make its nest on the ground/in a tree/in a cavity?” “Does it lay one/three/five eggs at a time?” “Does it mate for life?” “Does it like to be in a flock?” “Is it endangered?”
Each player has a legend that explains every symbol in front of them, so it should be easy to form questions! And even if one of the players isn’t a very good reader yet, which is the case for my son, he can guess most of the symbols and memorize the rest very quickly.
What Bird Am I? Game Features
The game includes:
- twenty four information cards, each featuring a watercolour illustration of a bird, its common name, its Latin binomen, where it can be found, and a few interesting facts about it
- forty eight double-sided character cards, each with an illustration of a bird, its common and Latin names, where it can be found, alongside some of its most prominent features
- the basic version includes rules for a two-player game, rules for a small group, and bonus rules
- in addition to that, the classroom version of the game includes rules for classrooms and large groups by incorporating posters (8-1/2″ x 11″) into play
What birds are in the game? Here is the list: northern cardinal, house sparrow, snowy owl, splendid fairywren, Indian peafowl, wild turkey, mallard duck, ruby-throated hummingbird, common ostrich, bald eagle, Atlantic puffin, common kingfisher, Australian pelican, Canada goose, grey crowned crane, greater flamingo, emperor penguin, common magpie, barn owl, great spotted woodpecker, toco toucan, peregrine falcon, tawny frogmouth, and kakapo.
Get the Game Here!
Here is the basic version of the game for two players and small groups, and here is the extended version that adds the possibility to play in large groups and classrooms.
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Thank you for reading!