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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.
Northern Harrier
Osprey
American Kestrel
Cooper's Hawk


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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.
Cooper's Hawk
Wandering Albatross
Brown Pelican
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?
Gander
Tiercel
Stag
Drake


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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?
Usage of certain pesticides
Active hunting
Extermination of the species it feeds on
Deforestation

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?
Flying higher than 8 meters
Flying for more than 30 meters
Making a turn during flight
Landing on hard ground


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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?
Soaring in the air for days without rest
Flying at great heights
High-speed, sharp turns in flight
Sudden dives for prey in water

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
Halibut
Salmon
Trout


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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
Forecasting tornadoes
Positioning for oil platforms
Locating cracked or broken underground fuel pipes

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
Flying backwards
Sleeping during flight
Zigzag flying


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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?
Digestion
Sleeping
Respiration
Mating

 


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