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Majestic Flyers

written by: eyez2k1ss
 
Flying is one of the most gracious and spectacular means of movement in nature. Meet some of the best fliers and learn interesting facts about their flying abilities.

Question 1:

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These birds, typical for Australasia, Europe, and South America, search for fish by hovering over the water, observing the surface below and then diving steeply, with their sharp claws outspread.
Osprey
American Kestrel
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Harrier


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Question 2:


These birds are so well adapted to flying, that they have been observed flying for days without rest. Landing though seems to be a problem - their landings are often described as semi-controlled crashes.
Brown Pelican
Cooper's Hawk
Wandering Albatross
Bald Eagle

Question 3:

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The Peregrine Falcon, the fastest animal on Earth, is greatly prized in falconry, where the hen is known as a falcon and the cock as what?
Stag
Gander
Drake
Tiercel


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Question 4:


The Peregrine Falcon, one of America's most spectacular flyers, was almost driven to extinction during the 1950s and 1960s. Which of these human activities caused this?
Active hunting
Usage of certain pesticides
Deforestation
Extermination of the species it feeds on

Question 5:

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Swans, as well as a few other bird species, although generally good fliers, are unable to perform which of these?
Making a turn during flight
Landing on hard ground
Flying for more than 30 meters
Flying higher than 8 meters


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Question 6:


The Sharp-shinned Hawk, a type of small hawk with short, broad wings and a long square-ended tail, are known for which of this flying abilities?
Flying at great heights
Sudden dives for prey in water
High-speed, sharp turns in flight
Soaring in the air for days without rest

Question 7:

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Every year, thousands of Bald Eagles, the national bird of the United States, are reported to gather in mid-November at a 10-mile stretch of Alaska's Chilkat River, to feed on what fish?
Cod
Salmon
Trout
Halibut


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Question 8:


Engineers have discovered the Turkey Vulture, a species of brownish black vultures typical for the southern United States, to help them in which of these activities?
Detecting strong air currents
Locating cracked or broken underground fuel pipes
Positioning for oil platforms
Forecasting tornadoes

Question 9:

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Despite its miniature dimensions of only 7 cm (3 inches) in length and 3 g in weight, the Hummingbird's hovering is one of nature's most incredible flying styles. Hummingbird is the only bird that has what unique flying ability?
Mating during flight
Zigzag flying
Sleeping during flight
Flying backwards


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Question 10:


To the Common Snipe, a type of small shorebird found in Canada, the United States, northern Europe and Russia, flying plays an important role in which of these processes?
Mating
Digestion
Sleeping
Respiration

 


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