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Continued: Quiz tests your birding knowledge

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

(d) Birds have a well-known wanderlust and like to see other parts of the hemisphere.

4. How many different kinds of birds live in North America?

(a) About 5,000 birds call North America home for at least part of the year.

(b) About 800 different species live at least part of the year north of Mexico.

(c) No one knows how many species live here; there are just too many to keep track of.

(d) There are 300 bird species in North America, most of them in the eastern half.

5. Which bird species has the highest population in North America?

(a) It has to be the pigeon, as there are so many of them.

(b) Definitely red-winged blackbirds, as they form such huge flocks in the fall.

(c) There are more robins than any other kind of bird.

(d) No one’s ever been able to count all the birds, so we don’t know.

6. Do birds ever eat so much that they get too heavy to fly?

(a) No, birds watch their weight so they don’t lose their appeal to the opposite sex.

(b) Some birds may eat so much before migration that they become noticeably fatter.

(c) Birds balance caloric needs with maintaining their ability to fly.

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