# Can a Bird Take You for a Ride?

Here's your nightly math! Just 5 quick minutes of number fun for kids and parents at home. Read a cool fun fact, followed by math riddles at different levels so everyone can jump in. Your kids will love you for it.

# Can a Bird Take You for a Ride?

November 5, 2017

We got a great question from our longtime fan Kaien M.: How many birds would it take to pick you up and fly with you? Well, it depends on how much you weigh, and how much each bird can carry. Birds come in all sizes, and some have stronger wings than others. A tiny swallow struggles to fly just from eating a few berries, so it can probably carry only about 1 ounce. If you weigh 60 pounds, you’d need 960 swallows to pick you up! On the other hand, the harpy eagle weighs 20 pounds, and can carry small animals that weigh just as much. So you’d need only 3 eagles to pick up that 60-pound kid. If you want to fly, too, do the math to find out how many pet birds you’ll need!

Wee ones: If 8 hawks pick you up, what numbers would you say to count them?

Little kids: If 3 harpy eagles pick you up and fly you around, how many wings do they have as a group?  Bonus: How many more legs than wings in the group? (Don’t forget to count yourself!)

Big kids: If an eagle can lift 20 pounds, at least how many eagles does it take to pick you up? (It doesn’t need to work out exactly — just make sure they can carry you!)  Bonus: How many little sparrows could pick you up if each sparrow can carry 1 ounce? (Reminder: A pound has 16 ounces.)

The sky’s the limit — literally: If it takes either 20 geese to pick you up or 30 ducks, how many geese does it take to pick up a person that 120 ducks can lift?