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Bird Watchers' Quiz I

  1. Which country has more species of flightless birds than any other country?




  2. By what name do we know the tall and heavy bird Aptenodytes forsteri?
  3. Rheas are found on which continent?
  4. The Anglo-Saxon name for which bird was the ruddock?
  5. During its characteristic hunting stoop, which bird is the fastest member of the animal kingdom?
  6. Which colour heart-shaped face is a distinctive feature of the Barn Owl?
  7. DNA studies have uncovered a shocking sister relationship between flamingos and which other bird (although it shows no resemblance)?
  8. Where are you most likely to find toucans: (a)Central America, (b)North Africa, (c)Australia, or (d)Papua New Guinea?
  9. Which bird is also known as a Hedge Sparrow or Hedge Accentor?
  10. Which comedian's book Bearded Tit - Confessions of a Birdwatcher was published in 2008?
  11. Used as a highly effective fertilizer, what name is given for the accumulated excrement of seabirds?
  12. Which birds are informally divided into four groups: fish, booted, snake and and giant forest?


Answers:

  1. New Zealand
  2. Emperor penguin
  3. South America
  4. Robin
  5. Peregrine falcon
  6. White
  7. Grebes
  8. Central America
  9. Dunnock
  10. Rory McGrath




  11. Guano
  12. Eagles



Ornithologists' Quiz II

  1. Name the smallest living bird in the world?
  2. Name the largest bird in the world (which also lays the largest eggs)?
  3. Which type of bird is sometimes known as the Australian Laughing Jackass?
  4. Which bird has the scientific name Pica pica?
  5. Prunella modularis is a small perching bird often known as the hedge accentor or hedge sparrow; what is its better known name?
  6. What's the collective noun for a group of ravens?
  7. What type of condor is a national symbol of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru?
  8. 'Halcyon' is a name for a bird in Greek legend associated with which group of birds?
  9. Budgerigars are found in the wild in parts of which country?
  10. What is the bird on the RSPB’s logo?
  11. Sometimes referred to as sea parrots, Fratercula arctica have 10 million individual birds in Iceland, what seabird are we talking about?
  12. Which species of owl is the world's most widespread landbird species (it occurs in every continent except Antarctica)?


Answers:

  1. Bee Hummingbird
  2. Ostrich
  3. Kookaburra





  4. Magpie
  5. Dunnock
  6. Unkindness
  7. Andean condor
  8. Kingfishers
  9. Australia
  10. Avocet
  11. Puffin
  12. Barn owl


Interesting Bird Facts...

*The USA has an estimated 200 million starlings and it's all thanks to Shakespeare. In 1890, a German immigrant named Eugene Schieffelin decided it would be a great idea to introduce as many of the birds mentioned in Shakespeare's works as possible into America. Part of Schieffelin's project involved releasing two flocks of 60 starlings in New York’s Central Park.

**In the early 1800s, the most numerous bird in the world with an estimated population of at least three billion, was the passenger pigeon. Amazingly, by 1900, none were left in the wild, and in 1914, the very last one died in Cincinnati Zoo. The species had gone from containing more individuals than all other North American birds combined to extinct in a human life span.










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