Quiz tests your birding knowledge

  • Article by: VAL CUNNINGHAM , Contributing Writer
  • Updated: October 29, 2013 - 3:30 PM

Take this short quiz to gauge your knowledge of the bird world.

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A skein of Canada geese, made up of family groups and individuals, heads out at dusk on a leg of their migratory journey.

Photo: JIM WILLIAMS , Special to the Star Tribune

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OK, bird fans. It’s time to test how much you know about these fascinating creatures that share our back yards, parks and preserves. Don’t take this too seriously, just take some wild guesses and you’ll find the answers at the end of our avian quiz.

1. Why do Canada geese honk as they fly in a flock?

(a) Honking helps family groups within the flock stay in touch.

(b) The geese honk to encourage the hardworking goose at the front.

(c) The honking geese see a place below where they want to stop.

(d) They’re honking to alert low-flying aircraft to avoid the flock.

2. Why do songbirds harass and jabber at owls they find in the daytime?

(a) The birds are upset because they feel it’s unnatural for owls to be visible in the daytime.

(b) Small birds are naturally jealous of larger birds, especially owls.

(c) The small birds recognize that an owl is dangerous and want to drive it out of the area.

(d) Once one or two birds start shrieking, others join in because it’s fun.

3. Why do some birds migrate as far as South America when closer places like Texas and Florida offer warmth in winter?

(a) Migratory birds like to hang out with the more colorful and interesting tropical birds.

(b) These migrants’ true homes are in Central and South America but they travel Up North in the spring for the abundant food and the elbowroom.

(c) They need the twice-yearly exercise to stay in top shape.

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