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Why Do Birds?
"A few general questions about birds mixed with some more specific details (and one music question)."
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Q: Why do birds fly south in winter?
A: Because it's too far to walk!
So runs the old joke but which of these is not a reason that birds migrate?
To find a more reliable food supply
To escape extremes of weather
Migrating birds need to keep one step ahead of the authorities
Which of these is not a reason that some male birds sing?
To attract a mate
To claim a territory
To deter other males
To gladden the hearts of humans
You might be walking in the countryside when you see a bird (such as a plover) apparently injured with a damaged wing and struggling to fly. Concerned, you approach the bird to see if you can help, as you get closer to the bird it flies away a short distance, lands again and repeats the performance. Why might the bird be doing this?
It is part of the bird's courtship display
To distract you from its main food source
To distract you from its nest and chicks
Check the date - it's April Fool's Day!
Some species of birds, most notably gulls, can sometimes be observed rapidly stamping their feet on areas of grass etc. Why do they do this?
To attract worms closer to the surface
It is an aggressive warning to other birds
To relieve constipation
They are limbering up for salsa class
All species of birds build nests.
A unique feature which all birds possess and which no other creatures have are feathers. Which of these is not a function of feathers?
Phalaropes are a small family of wading birds noted for which unusual courtship/breeding behaviour?
The females are more brightly coloured than the males
The females give birth to live young
The males lay the eggs
These birds are hermaphrodites
The Carpenters sang:
"Why do birds suddenly appear
Every time you are near?"
Which song was this?
Rainy Days and Mondays
We've Only Just Began
(They Long To Be) Close To You
Yesterday Once More
Some species of birds undertake a behaviour known as anting; what does this involve?
Forming huge social breeding colonies rather like ants do
Deliberately encouraging a colony of ants to attack a rival bird
Picking up ants and rubbing their feathers with them
Ripping open ant-hills to find and eat the grubs (larvae)
In the early days of space exploration several animals were sent into orbit around the Earth, these included fruit flies, mice, dogs and monkeys.
Why were no birds ever sent into space?
Birds are difficult to contain and they might interfere with instrument panel
They might fly off and start mutating on the moon
Birds need gravity in order to swallow
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