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Do Birds Have a Favorite colour?

Third Grade Science Science projects: Do Birds Have a Favorite Color?

Research Questions:

  • Can birds see colour?
  • Does colour matter to them?


  • Birdseed
  • Food dye – three different colors
  • Water
  • Three identical bird feeders
  • An outside area where birds live

Experimental Procedure:

  1. Mix a very small amount of water with a few drops of each colour of food dye.
  2. Colour three cups of birdseed with the dye, one cup of seed per colour. Take care not to get the seed too damp or it will rot. Allow the dye to dry quickly and thoroughly.
  3. Fill each bird feeder with the same amount of birdseed, one colour in each.
  4. Hang the feeders outside in a place birds can easily find them.
  5. Check on them frequently and note the amount of seed gone from each. Do the birds seem to prefer one colour of seed over the others?

Terms/Concepts:Do birds see colour?

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