These are birds with webbed feet for paddling in water as they swim.

 Examples include, swan, duck, goose, penguin, sea gull, pelican

 They have a spoon shaped beak for easy sieving of their food from mud/water.

 They have a layer of fats to keep them warm in water.

 They are commonly seen in water looking for their food.

An illustration showing the foot and a beak of a swimming bird.


A webbed foot for padding in water          Spoon shaped beak for easy sieving of food     

from water/mud. Learners’ Activity  

i)      What is meant by the term swimming birds? ii)        List any two examples of swimming birds 

iii)    State two ways in which swimming birds are adapted to their mode of life  iv)      In the space below draw a foot of a swimming bird