The Reading / Listening - Bird Photos - Level 2

We put photos online of everything, from our breakfast to the new shoes we buy. Researchers have published a study about what kinds of bird photos we like on the social media site Instagram. This is a photo-sharing social networking service where uploaded images are viewable for just 24 hours. The researchers are from a university in Germany. They looked into the question: "What makes a great bird photo?" They tried to find the most 'instagrammable' bird. They found that the frogmouth is the best. This is a nocturnal bird that lives in India, Southeast Asia and Australia.

The researchers looked at nearly 30,000 bird photos from nine popular photography accounts. They created an algorithm to find which photos got the most "likes". Bird expert Tim Snyder said the frogmouth was the most liked because of its large eyes and wide beak. He said that most birds' eyes are positioned on the sides of their head, but the frogmouth's eyes are more in the centre of its face. This makes it look more "humanlike". A wildlife photographer said: "Anything cute and cuddly [creates] something in human nature - and particularly anything with big eyes."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Bird Photos - Level 0 Bird Photos - Level 1   or  Bird Photos - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56946165
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/30/researchers-find-frogmouth-is-worlds-most-instagrammable-bird
  • https://www.businessinsider.com/photos-of-the-bird-that-researchers-deemed-most-instagrammable-2021-4


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. We put photos online
  2. the new shoes
  3. what kinds of bird
  4. the social
  5. uploaded images are viewable
  6. The researchers are
  7. They looked into
  8. This is a nocturnal
  1. for just 24 hours
  2. photos we like
  3. bird
  4. the question
  5. we buy
  6. media site
  7. from a university
  8. of everything

Paragraph 2

  1. researchers looked at nearly
  2. find which photos got
  3. most birds' eyes are positioned
  4. the frogmouth's eyes are more
  5. This makes it look
  6. Anything cute
  7. human
  8. anything
  1. in the centre
  2. with big eyes
  3. the most likes
  4. and cuddly
  5. nature
  6. 30,000 bird photos
  7. on the sides
  8. more humanlike

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

We put photos (1) ___________________, from our breakfast to the new shoes we buy. Researchers have published a study about what kinds of bird photos we like on (2) ___________________ site Instagram. This is a photo-sharing social networking service where uploaded images (3) ___________________ just 24 hours. The researchers are from a university in Germany. They (4) ___________________ question: "What makes a great bird photo?" They tried to (5) ___________________ 'instagrammable' bird. They found that the frogmouth is the best. This is a nocturnal bird (6) ___________________ India, Southeast Asia and Australia.

The researchers (7) ___________________ 30,000 bird photos from nine popular photography accounts. They (8) ___________________ to find which photos got the most "likes". Bird expert Tim Snyder said the frogmouth was the most liked because of its (9) ___________________ wide beak. He said that most birds' eyes are positioned on the (10) ___________________ head, but the frogmouth's eyes are more in the centre of its face. This makes it look more "humanlike". A wildlife photographer said: "Anything (11) ___________________ [creates] something in human nature - and particularly anything (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Weputphotosonlineofeverything,fromourbreakfasttothenewshoesw
ebuy.Researchershavepublishedastudyaboutwhatkindsofbirdphoto
swelikeonthesocialmediasiteInstagram.Thisisaphoto-sharingsoc
ialnetworkingservicewhereuploadedimagesareviewableforjust24ho
urs.TheresearchersarefromauniversityinGermany.Theylookedintot
hequestion:"Whatmakesagreatbirdphoto?"Theytriedtofindthemost'
instagrammable'bird.Theyfoundthatthefrogmouthisthebest.Thisisa
nocturnalbirdthatlivesinIndia,SoutheastAsiaandAustralia.Theresea
rcherslookedatnearly30,000birdphotosfromninepopularphotograp
hyaccounts.Theycreatedanalgorithmtofindwhichphotosgotthemost
"likes".BirdexpertTimSnydersaidthefrogmouthwasthemostlikedbec
auseofitslargeeyesandwidebeak.Hesaidthatmostbirds'eyesareposit
ionedonthesidesoftheirhead,butthefrogmouth'seyesaremoreinthec
entreofitsface.Thismakesitlookmore"humanlike".Awildlifephotogra
phersaid:"Anythingcuteandcuddly[creates]somethinginhumannatu
re-andparticularlyanythingwithbigeyes."

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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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Answers

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