The Reading / Listening - Cuckoos - Level 5

A cuckoo has just finished one of the longest migrations ever by any bird. The cuckoo left its winter home in Zambia on March the 20th and reached its breeding ground in Mongolia. Ornithologists called the bird Onon after a Mongolian river. The scientists micro-chipped five cuckoos in Mongolia last summer to track their migration. The tags monitored the birds across the Indian Ocean and 16 countries. Onon was the quickest to make the return journey from Mongolia to Zambia and back. The scientists were amazed at Onon's feat. They called it "a mammoth journey".



The tagging was a joint venture between the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia and the British Trust for Ornithology. The group Birding Beijing also helped. A blog called the Mongolia Cuckoo Project was set up for bird lovers to see the birds' progress. It reported that Onon arrived home after 26,000km, and 27 border crossings through 16 countries. It called the journey: "Remarkable navigation and endurance." It added: "Onon has no time to waste as he needs to set up his territory, defend it from competing males and mate with as many females as possible."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cuckoos - Level 4 or  Cuckoos - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52815286
  • https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25821/20200526/satellite-follows-mammoth-journey-five-cuckoos-epic.htm
  • https://birdingbeijing.com/the-mongolia-cuckoo-project/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. one of the longest
  2. reached its breeding
  3. The scientists micro-
  4. track their
  5. The tags monitored
  6. make the return
  7. The scientists were
  8. They called it
  1. migration
  2. amazed
  3. migrations ever
  4. "a mammoth journey"
  5. ground
  6. the birds
  7. journey
  8. chipped five cuckoos

Paragraph 2

  1. a joint
  2. bird
  3. see the birds'
  4. 27 border
  5. Remarkable navigation
  6. Onon has no
  7. he needs to set
  8. mate with as many
  1. time to waste
  2. progress
  3. up his territory
  4. lovers
  5. females as possible
  6. crossings
  7. and endurance
  8. venture

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A cuckoo has (1) ___________________ of the longest migrations ever by any bird. The cuckoo left its winter home in Zambia on March the 20th and reached (2) ___________________ in Mongolia. Ornithologists called the bird Onon after a Mongolian river. The scientists (3) ___________________ cuckoos in Mongolia last summer to (4) ___________________. The tags monitored the birds across the Indian Ocean and 16 countries. Onon was the quickest to make (5) ___________________ from Mongolia to Zambia and back. The scientists were amazed at Onon's feat. They called it "(6) ___________________".

The tagging was (7) ___________________ between the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia and the British Trust for Ornithology. The group Birding Beijing also helped. A (8) ___________________ Mongolia Cuckoo Project was set up for (9) ___________________ see the birds' progress. It reported that Onon arrived home after 26,000km, and (10) ___________________ through 16 countries. It called the journey: "Remarkable (11) ___________________." It added: "Onon has no time to waste as he needs to set up his territory, defend it from competing males and mate with as many (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Acuckoohasjustfinishedoneofthelongestmigrationseverbyanybird.T
hecuckooleftitswinterhomeinZambiaonMarchthe20thandreachedits
breedinggroundinMongolia.OrnithologistscalledthebirdOnonaftera
Mongolianriver.Thescientistsmicro-chippedfivecuckoosinMongolia
lastsummertotracktheirmigration.Thetagsmonitoredthebirdsacross
theIndianOceanand16countries.Ononwasthequickesttomaketheret
urnjourneyfromMongoliatoZambiaandback.Thescientistswereamaz
edatOnon'sfeat.Theycalledit"amammothjourney".Thetaggingwasaj
ointventurebetweentheWildlifeScienceandConservationCenterofMo
ngoliaandtheBritishTrustforOrnithology.ThegroupBirdingBeijingals
ohelped.AblogcalledtheMongoliaCuckooProjectwassetupforbirdlove
rstoseethebirds'progress.ItreportedthatOnonarrivedhomeafter26,
000km,and27bordercrossingsthrough16countries.Itcalledthejourn
ey:"Remarkablenavigationandendurance."Itadded:"Ononhasnotim
etowasteasheneedstosetuphisterritory,defenditfromcompetingmal
esandmatewithasmanyfemalesaspossible."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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