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BIRD TRIVIA

1) What bird has the largest wingspan?


The wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans) has the largest wingspan of any living bird. The largest known specimen of the species, a male caught and measured by the Antarctic research ship USNS Eltanin in the Tasman Sea in 1965, had a wingspan of 11 ft. 11 in. As a result of its impressive wingspan, the wandering albatross is an expert glider and can remain aloft for long periods without beating its wings. In fact, the wandering albatross has sometimes been known to sleep while it flies. Even the wandering albatross, however, can't compete with the extinct South American teratoron (Argentavis magnificens). The teratoron, which existed 6 to 8 million years ago, had an estimated wingspan of 25 feet!

2) How many known species of birds are there?


There are approximately 10,000 known species of birds in the world. The best continent for bird watching is South America where over 3,200 species are known to exist.

3) What color are the American robin's eggs?


Many birds have pigment glands that deposit colors on their eggs as they pass through the mother's oviduct. In the case of the American robin, the eggs are an eye-catching blue. Normally, a robin will lay three to five eggs per clutch. It takes about two weeks to incubate the eggs. The mother robin will spend most of her time sitting on the nest, but the male bird may occasionally sit on the eggs to give her a break. After hatching, the young robins will remain in the nest for about fifteen days.

4) What bird has such a long tail that, when taking flight from a branch, it must launch itself backwards in order to avoid ripping the tail to shreds?


The male Resplendent Quetzal of Central America has such a long tail that, when taking flight from a branch, it must launch itself backwards in order to avoid ripping its tail to shreds. The Quetzal, an endangered species, adorns the Guatemalan flag.

5) What is a group of owls called?


A group of owls is called a parliament. Group names for other birds include a bevy of quail, a brood of hens, a cast of hawks, a company of parrots, a dole of doves, a gaggle of geese, a host of sparrows, a murder of crows, a party of jays, a rafter of turkeys, and a watch of nightingales.

6) What bird has the longest lifespan?


Although the lifespan of many birds is unknown, some species of parrots have been known to live more than 100 years, making them the longest-living birds. Cockatoos aren't far behind, sometimes living as long as 75 years.

7) What bird inflates a bright red balloon on its neck to attract a mate?


The magnificent frigate bird inflates a bright red balloon on his neck when he is ready to attract a mate. When the balloon is fully inflated, half the size of the bird's body, he flaps his wings and rattles his bill.

8) As of 2016, what was the most commonly sighted bird in the UK?


According to a survey conducted by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), the most common bird in the UK is the house sparrow. Around four of them appeared in each garden.

9) The yellow-bellied sapsucker is a type of ...?


The yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) is a medium-sized woodpecker that lives on a diet of tree sap, insects, and berries. The sapsucker can be found in Canada and the Eastern United States. During the winter, it migrates to Central America and the West Indies.

10) One ostrich egg is equivalent to the weight of how many chicken eggs?


One ostrich egg weighs about 3 to 4 pounds -- the equivalent of about 24 chicken eggs. An ostrich can lay as many as 70 of these massive eggs in one year.


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