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The Big Bad Bird Quiz

It's time for songbirds, seabirds, geese, and others to pack up and head south for the winter. You see them taking to the skies, flying in various formations, quacking, and chirping. Take our Big Bad Bird Quiz to get the scoop on winter migration!

Quiz

1. Just how many birds are we talking about? How many birds migrate every winter?

  • Eighty percent of all species that nest in the U.S.
  • Sixty percent.
  • Forty percent.

2. Have you ever wondered how birds find their way? How do they know which way to fly? Check out the following list and click the method of navigation that birds DO NOT use to migrate.

  • They sense the earth's magnetic field.
  • They observe the stars and the sun.
  • They use their sense of smell.
  • They use their tail feathers as a compass.

3. For those of us in New England, there are a lot of geese in the air at this time of year. Of all the following flying techniques, which one do you think geese favor?

  • Flapping their wings.
  • Soaring (riding thermals û updrafts of air caused by solar heating).
  • Alternating flapping and gliding.
  • Bounding (combo of flapping and closed-wing glide).

4. Can you guess the length of the longest bird migration on the planet?

  • Fourty-five thousand miles round-trip.
  • Twenty thousand miles round-trip.
  • Fifteen thousand miles round-trip.

5. How high can migrating birds fly?

  • Higher than the Empire State Building.
  • Higher than the World Trade Center.
  • Higher than Mt. Everest.

1. Just how many birds are we talking about? How many birds migrate every winter?
Eighty percent of all species that nest in the U.S.

2. Have you ever wondered how birds find their way? How do they know which way to fly? Check out the following list and click the method of navigation that birds DO NOT use to migrate.
They use their tail feathers as a compass.

3. For those of us in New England, there are a lot of geese in the air at this time of year. Of all the following flying techniques, which one do you think geese favor?
Flapping their wings.

4. Can you guess the length of the longest bird migration on the planet?
Twenty thousand miles round-trip.

5. How high can migrating birds fly?
Higher than Mt. Everest.

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