KINETIC BEASTS // plover birds research

When I was assigned the crocodile and plover bird, the first thing that came to mind was a childhood picture book.

The main characters are Bill the Crocodile and his “toothbrush” friend Pete the bird. How they help each other seemed to be the perfect representation of the win-win relationship the animals have with each other.



After observing the Plover bird in flight, I came to the conclusion that it has hovering wings. It tends to have a small wings that are elliptical in shape.


Above demonstrates the range of motion a bird has during flight. Different angles can be observed in both the usage of wings and elevation of its body.


Within Plover birds there are different colors. The most common one seems to be the Egyptian Plover Bird which has a mixture of black, white, greyish green, and orange red feathers.

Features to remember are:
-spread wings have an elliptical shape as it is broad at the base (towards the body)
-absence of hind toe allows it to run quickly
-short bill


Bones of the wing area of a bird. As demonstrated in the motion of flight, the wings bend in many angles. These skeletons show the various angles. In order it is spread and tucked in.

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Minjee Cheon

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  1. Some detailed research here Minjee! As mentioned in class, if specific information on the Plover bird is hard to find, try to draw some generic conclusions to assist you in making your combined kinetic beasts. Hope you’ll find a way to work out making a series of synchronised pecking motion & meet the challenge of it responding to thermal changes.

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