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1. How long have birds been flying? (Check the correct answer.)
From the moment they are born.
For millions of years.
Since humans first watched them.
For the last two thousand years.
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2. Can you describe how a bird flies? (Choose any answers that apply.)
Birds take off.
Birds fly with twists and turns.
Birds soar and dive.
Birds land without help.
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3. Everything about a bird is designed for what? (Check the correct answer.)
Running.
Eating seeds.
Laying eggs.
Flight.
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4. What two things do ALL birds have in common? (Check the correct answer.)
All birds have feathers and live in a hurry.
All birds fly and lay eggs.
All birds have feathers and can swim.
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5. How does a bird's breathing and heart rate compare to other animals? (Check the correct answer.)
They are slower.
They are faster.
They are more erratic.
They are the same.
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6. True or false? Birds are warm blooded. This means that their body temperature changes even in differing climates or temperatures.
True.
False.
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7. Do all birds have wings and fly? (Check the correct answer.)
All birds have wings and all birds fly.
Some birds do not have wings and cannot fly.
All birds have wings but not all birds fly.
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8. How many identified species of birds are there in the world today? (Check the correct answer.)
2,70
2,700
8,600
86,000
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9. Which of these things do birds eat? (Check the correct answer.)
Seeds.
Small animals.
Wood.
Insects.
Fruit.
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10. What are some of the useful things that humans get from birds? (Choose any answers that apply.)
Feathers for pillows and clothing.
Gelatin to make preservatives.
Eggs and meat for food protein.
Birds are nice company as pets.
Ideas for aerodynamic designs.
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11. What is the scientific name for the study of birds? (Check the correct answer.)
Opthomology.
Zoology.
Ornithology.
Technology.
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12. True or False? Some birds do not have feathers.
True.
False.
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13. Are feathers weak or strong? (Check the correct answer.)
Feathers are flexible but very weak.
Feathers can move fast but they are not very strong.
Feathers are light but very strong.
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14. True or false? Large flight feathers appear to grow all over a bird but really they grow in certain lines called feather tracks. In between the flight feather tracks is fluffy down.
True.
False.
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15. What is the spine down the middle of the feather is called? (Check the correct answer.)
The barb.
The tracks.
The shaft.
The bristle.
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16. Why are feathers light? (Choose any answers that apply.)
They are made of plastic.
The spine down the middle of the feather is hollow.
The feather is almost all air between the barbs.
The feather has no blood in the spine.
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17. Birds can have between 1,000 and 25,000 feathers! Feathers can be divided into which of these six types (Check the correct answers.)
Barbs.
Contour.
Down.
Filoplume.
Spike.
Bristle.
Keratin.
Powder-down.
Semiplume.
Flexible.
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18. A new feather on a bird grows from a bump on the skin and is soft and downy when a baby bird is first hatched. As the tip of the new feather continues to grow it is rolled inside a protective sheath. At this stage what type of feather is this? (Check the correct answer.)
Pin feather.
Semiplume feather.
Downy fuzz.
Bristle feather.
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19. A bird's survival depends on the condition of its wings so birds take a lot of time caring for their feathers. What is this process called? (Check the correct answer.)
Cleaning.
Bathing.
Preening.
Molting.
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20. Do all birds have feathers on their wings? (Answer yes or no.)
Yes.
No.
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21. The shape of the wing of a bird is made by what? (Choose one answer.)
The wing is shaped by the wind.
The wing is shaped by the bird's beak.
The wing is shaped by the feathers.
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22. The tail of a bird helps the bird to steer and brake. It is like which of these? (Choose one answer.)
A flying machine.
A feather.
A rudder.
A vane.
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23. Other animals have jaws and teeth but birds get their food with what? (Choose one answer to fill in the blank.)
Their teeth.
Their laws.
Their beaks.
Their feet.
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24. What are the biggest flying birds today? Hint: They weigh about 32 pounds and are 4 feet long! (Choose one answer.)
The American Golden Eagle.
The Roc from the Arabian Nights.
The Great Bustard of Europe and Australia.
The ostrich from the veldts of Africa.
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25. True or false? Birds have bones that are hard and very thick.
True.
False.
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26. Do birds have a lot of muscles? (Choose one answer.)
Yes, even small birds need lots of muscles to rise in the air.
No, especially birds that just walk on the ground like penguins.
No, birds need less muscles because many of their bones are "glued" or fused together.
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27. What are the bird's biggest muscles? (Choose one answer.)
Its flight muscles.
Its leg muscles.
Its tail muscles.
Its eye muscles.
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28. What do the flight muscles of a bird have to do? (Choose one answer.)
Lift the bird into the air.
Help the bird run away from predators.
Help the birds with hunting.
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29. Are the eyes and hearing of birds very weak? (Answer yes or no.)
Yes.
No.
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30. Birds have a very special eye structure. How many eyelids do their eyes have? (Choose one answer.)
One.
Two.
Three.
Four.
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31. Birds use their ears not only for hearing but for what else? (Choose one answer.)
Maintaining balance.
Moving their muscles.
Listening while hunting.
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32. The process of converting "high octane" food into energy in a bird is called what? (Choose one answer.)
Respiration.
Digestion.
Combustion.
Photosynthesis.
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33. How is oxygen taken into the body of a bird? (Choose one answer.)
Through the wing feathers.
Through the lungs.
Through the bloodstream.
Through the beak.
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34. What are next to the lungs of birds so that birds never run out of breath? (.Choose one answer)
There are blood cells next to the lungs.
There are air sacks next to the lungs.
There are combustion cells next to the lungs.
The heart is next the the lungs.
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35. Is the temperature of a bird higher or lower than a human's temperature? (Choose one answer.)
Higher.
Lower.
Just the same.
It varies.
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36. What is the shape of a bird wing called? (Choose one answer.)
An airfoil.
A flying machine.
Bernoulli's Law.
Air pressure.
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37. Which of these help the most to get the bird's body off the ground and into flight? (Choose one answer.)
The running start.
Pressure differences created by the birds wing.
Jumping into the air.
The wind.
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38. What is the most important thing that a bird can use to create lift for flying? (Choose one answer.)
Speed.
Air pressure.
A running start.
Jumping.
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39. Another way for a bird to get the most lift besides using speed is what? (Choose one answer.)
The bird can wait for wind to come along.
The bird can eat "high octane" foods with lots of calories.
The bird can move the feathers at the wings tips to produce "slots."
The bird can run faster.
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40. What air movements are birds using when we see them glide and soar in the air? (Choose one answer.)
Cumulus clouds.
Thermals.
Energy savers.
Upstrokes.
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41. True or False? Thermals are constantly rising currents of air.
True.
False.
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42. Trade winds and ocean breezes give sea birds a source of power for what? (Choose one answer.)
Dynamic soaring.
Thermal flying.
Speeding.
Migrating (flying south for the winter).
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43. What does a bird do to begin a flight?? (Choose any answers that apply.)
Birds adjust the angle at which their wing approaches the air.
They open "slots" in their wing feathers.
They eat "high octane" food.
They use wind currents.
They increase speed by flapping their wings faster.
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44. Landing can be a dangerous maneuver for a bird? Why is this so? (Choose one answer.)
Because there are predators on the ground.
Because the speed of the bird is being reduced.
Because the air currents are too strong.
Because of wind shear.
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45. About how fast does a small bird flap its wings (Choose one answer.)
100 times per minute.
4 times per second.
100 times per second.
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46. About how fast does a hummingbird flap its wings? (Choose one answer.)
10 times per second.
100 times per second.
100 times per minute.
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47. About how many miles per hour can a hummingbird fly? (Choose one answer.)
60 mph.
5 mph.
200 mph.
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48. True or False? It can fly at 100 mph in level flight and can dive at 200 mph.
True.
False.
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49. Do birds fly faster or higher than they need to? (Choose one answer.)
No, because it takes too much energy to climb against gravity
No, because it may be too cold.
Yes, to get a better view while hunting.
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50. What wing maneuver do birds use to turn while flying? (Choose one answer.)
They "bank" as they turn.
Tilting one wing higher than the other.
They fly faster.
They make sharp turns at top speeds.
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51. Birds that fly over land have broad, slotted wings. What sort of wings do birds that soar over water have? (Choose one answer.)
Notched wings for diving.
Long, narrow wings.
Flipper like wings to move through the water.
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52. What kind of wings do penguins have? (Choose one answer.)
They have long and narrow wings.
They have notched wings.
They have flipper like wings to move through the water.
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53. Birds that dive in the water can stay under water for how long? (Choose one answer.)
For about 5 minutes.
For as long as 15 minutes.
About a half an hour.
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54. Which of these are ways that an ocean fishing bird catches fish? (Check all answers that apply.)
They skim the water surface for fish.
They run along the water.
They dive from the surface of the water.
They dive from 100 up in the air.
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55. What is nature's best flying machine? (Choose one answer.)
An airplane.
An insect.
A kite.
A bird.
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