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Quiz about Great Birds of Prey
Quiz about Great Birds of Prey

Great Birds of Prey Trivia Quiz


The great birds of prey are one of my favorite types of birds. Things that are common among these birds are a hooked beak, sharp talons (claws), keen eyesight and a carnivorous (meat eating) diet.

A multiple-choice quiz by funnytrivianna. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Time
6 mins
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Multiple Choice
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272,033
Updated
Jul 14 22
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Question 1 of 10
1. Falcons come in all sizes from small to large. The American kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America.

What color wings does the male kestrel have?
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Question 2 of 10
2. Hawks can be found in many areas. The Swainson's hawk has a small territory. Where will you not find a Swainson's hawk? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The ferruginous hawk is also known by other names. Which name is not a name it is known by? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The prairie falcon is a mid-sized bird of prey. These wonderful birds have a preferred place to nest. Do you know their nesting preference? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The turkey vulture is also known as the buzzard and turkey buzzard. During migration season, this bird forms into large flocks of hundreds and often thousands of birds. They circle together in thermal updrafts. What are these large flocks of turkey vultures known as?

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Question 6 of 10
6. The sharp-shinned hawk has a diet of birds, rodents and insects. Which is not one of the types of creatures it feeds on?

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Question 7 of 10
7. The northern harrier is an opportunistic hunter. Depending on the season and the abundance of prey, this bird is quite diverse in its diet. Do you know how this bird hunts? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. No other species of bird of prey resembles the adults of this particular bird. They are found solely in North America from Canada and Alaska to the northern areas of Mexico. Which bird of prey is this?

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Question 9 of 10
9. The talons of birds of prey are located on the ends of their toes. How many toes are on the feet of most of these mighty birds? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. The Cooper's hawk has quite the behavior when attacking prey. Which method of behavior is not part of the Cooper Hawk's killing pattern?

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1. Falcons come in all sizes from small to large. The American kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America. What color wings does the male kestrel have?

Answer: blue-gray

The male kestrel has blue-gray wings. The female kestrel has reddish-brown wings with black barring. Kestrels have large heads and notched beaks, with streamlined bodies. Both genders have reddish brown backs barred with black. Their crowns are a blue-gray with varied amounts of reddish brown.

Their faces and throats are white with a black vertical stripe below their dark eyes, with another black stripe behind the cheek. Their beaks are blue-black and their legs and feet are yellow. The tail of the male is reddish brown with one wide and black band, which is sub-terminal.

His tail also has a white tip. The female tail is reddish brown with black bars. The underside of the female is heavily streaked with brown, while the male is white to buff orange with dark spotting or streaking.

They are slightly larger than robins with the female being about 10 to 15% larger than the male.
2. Hawks can be found in many areas. The Swainson's hawk has a small territory. Where will you not find a Swainson's hawk?

Answer: Maine

This bird spends its summers in the western half of North America. In the winter it will be found in the open pampas of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and southern Brazil. Some small groups will spend winter in southeastern Florida and along the coast of Texas, likely having not found their way to the Gulf of Mexico. This bird prefers wild prairie, pastures and hayfields rather than agricultural fields.
3. The ferruginous hawk is also known by other names. Which name is not a name it is known by?

Answer: bird of Jupiter

This bird has a wing span of forty-eight to sixty inches and weighs between two and one fifth pounds to four and a half pounds. Its length is between twenty-one and twenty seven inches. Its head is whiter than most other species of hawks. In general it lays two to four eggs in a clutch.

Their eggs are a whitish color with irregular spots or blotching in a reddish brown color. The bird of Jupiter is another name for the Golden Eagle.
4. The prairie falcon is a mid-sized bird of prey. These wonderful birds have a preferred place to nest. Do you know their nesting preference?

Answer: primarily on cliff ledges, cavities or crevices

Amazingly, this great predator, the prairie falcon, prefers cliff edges to nest on, as well as the crevices and/or the cavities on these cliffs. The prairie falcon does not build a nest, but scrapes debris that is loose, to form a spot to hold the eggs.

He will use abandoned nests of eagles, hawks or ravens. Sometimes the prairie falcon will nest in trees, on power line structures, in caves and on buildings. All in all, its nesting preference is on cliff ledges.
5. The turkey vulture is also known as the buzzard and turkey buzzard. During migration season, this bird forms into large flocks of hundreds and often thousands of birds. They circle together in thermal updrafts. What are these large flocks of turkey vultures known as?

Answer: kettles

The turkey vulture can form into very large flocks called "kettles". When it migrates it does so almost entirely by gliding. It uses thermal updrafts to keep itself up in the air, often as high as 21,000 feet. It will not migrate on rainy or overcast days due to lack of thermals. On occasion it will make short water crossings. It will ride thermals to several hundreds of feet and then glide to the next thermal in order to avoid actually flying. Its preference is gliding.
6. The sharp-shinned hawk has a diet of birds, rodents and insects. Which is not one of the types of creatures it feeds on?

Answer: snakes

The diet of the sharp-shinned hawk is mostly small birds like warblers, finches, sparrows, thrushes, blackbirds, quails, swallows, vireos and flycatchers. He also feeds upon some small mammals like the squirrels, mice, bats and small rabbits. On occasion he will feed upon large insects like crickets, caterpillars, dragonflies and grasshoppers.
7. The northern harrier is an opportunistic hunter. Depending on the season and the abundance of prey, this bird is quite diverse in its diet. Do you know how this bird hunts?

Answer: forages on the wing

This beautiful and exquisite bird forages on the wing. As he flies he captures prey while coursing low above the ground. His style is buoyant and gliding with intermittent flapping of his wings. The chase is usually short and spatial. Sometimes this clever bird uses the cover of terrain and vegetation to make a surprise attack on its prey. This bird is also known for subduing larger prey by drowning it. Unlike most hawks, this hawk often relies very much on auditory cues and visual cues in order to capture prey.
8. No other species of bird of prey resembles the adults of this particular bird. They are found solely in North America from Canada and Alaska to the northern areas of Mexico. Which bird of prey is this?

Answer: bald eagle

The bald eagle is dark brown with a white head and tail. It has large eyes, a large beak and large yellow feet. The adult plumage is attained once the bird is about four to five years of age. As a juvenile the plumage is all brown, changing to mottled heads and tails with varying degrees of white on the belly, back and under the wings, until finally mature. The juvenile has dark brown eyes and beak, until it reaches maturity, at which time its eyes and beak turn yellow.
9. The talons of birds of prey are located on the ends of their toes. How many toes are on the feet of most of these mighty birds?

Answer: three toes pointing forward and one toe pointing backward

Birds of prey have very powerful leg and toe muscles. Their feet are truly lethal weapons, perfectly designed to catch, hold, carry and kill prey. Depending on the type of prey it pursues, is the deciding factor in the length and size of its toes. The curve and thickness of its talons also depends on the size and type of its prey. Most birds of prey have three toes that point forward and one that points backward.

Their toes have an extremely powerful grip which literally crushes their prey to death.

These talons can also kill by piercing the vital organs and soft tissue of the prey. The osprey, just like owls, has one hinged toe that it can hold forward or backward, allowing them to hold fish with a more secure grip.
10. The Cooper's hawk has quite the behavior when attacking prey. Which method of behavior is not part of the Cooper Hawk's killing pattern?

Answer: inflicting a death bite to the throat

When the Cooper's hawk attacks prey it flies rapidly and then glides for the last twelve to fifteen feet before sudden impact on the prey. Upon impact he grasps the prey with his strong talons, usually killing it on impact. He will also grasp and relax his grip repeatedly, until prey is dead.

The Cooper's hawk is known to drown its prey holding it under water until it ceases to move. The hawk will then carry its prey to a perch then pluck and tear it into pieces.
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