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Last updated: 6th January 2006

Plants and animals interact in many diverse and extraordinary ways. Download these fun origami models to explore some interesting relationships that show how

. . animals need plants need animals need plants . . . .
Some Poison for Polly ?

Green-Winged Macaw (Ara chloroptera)
This giant South American parrot feeds on tree seeds, but rather than helping to disperse seeds it is a seed predator. To prevent parrots eating their seeds, many plants put poisons in them. Macaws seem to counteract these poisons by eating clay. They gather in huge flocks each day to visit these clay cliffs.
. . . download your Macaw model
see folding instructions below

Hairy tongued pollinators

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodes)
These colourful Australian parrots have a varied diet. They eat berries, seeds, leaf buds, insects, and larvae, but its favourite foods are pollen, nectar, and fruit. The bird crushes flowers or fruit in its beak and then laps up the juices with its tongue, which has a brush-like tip. When feeding from flowers, the rainbow lorikeet transmits pollen from one flower to the next. In doing so, it helps to pollinate shrubs and trees such as coconut palms and Eucalyptus trees.
. . . download your Lorikeet model
see folding instructions below

The night shift . . .

Lesser Long-Nosed Bat (Leptonycteris curasoae)
These bats live in the American deserts for part of the year, and are specialized for visiting flowers and feeding on nectar and pollen. They have long narrow noses, and long, brush-tipped tongues. They also consume the fruit of columnar cacti. These bats live in colonies containing thousands of individuals and migrate south to Mexico in the winter when flowers and fruits are unavailable in the northern deserts.

Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)
This Australian bat feeds on fruits and is a serious pest of fruit orchards in Queensland
. . . download your Bat model
see folding instructions below

Folding Instructions

Cut out the marked square - be as accurate as possible.
Place the square colour face down.
Fold the square along the central diagonal, so as to mark the centre line, then open out.
Fold the two corners to the centre line (1).
Fold the lower sides to the centre line also (2).
Fold what has become the inner edge outwards, so as it matches the outer edge (3).
Now fold the entire piece in half, so that the previous folds are hidden inside (see picture 4)
The next folds are a bit tricky..
..Fold the model along the orange line marked on the diagram, in both directions, i.e. up then down
now open the folded model slightly and invert the upper mid-line fold, and push it outwards (4) so that the top part goes inside out.. it should now look like the diagram in (5).
Repeat the same fold type, so that the neck and head all appear. Finally fold the beak so that it is flattened out.
The Macaw needs to have the (2) fold repeated so that the tail is more narrowed. The Macaw's beak should be kept narrow, and curved slightly downwards.