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Birds USA Exclusive: Bird Anatomy Quiz Answers

Test your knowledge on the basics behind a bird’s body


Question 1:The correct answer is d)3
Birds have down feathers, contour feathers and flight feathers.

Down feathers are soft, fluffy and short feathers that keep a bird warm. They are usually visible when the bird is a chick, or when a bird is molting.

Contour feathers cover most of the bird’s body. They are designed to repel water and wind.

Flight feathers are used for flight and are located on the wings and the tail. They are stiffer and longer than the other feathers.

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

Question 2:The correct answer is b)At the base of the tail
The uropygial gland is located at the base of the tail. The gland produces a special oil that a bird spreads along its wings to clean them, make them waterproof and to help with vitamin-D synthesis.

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

Question 3:The correct answer is c)3
Birds have eyelids at the top and bottom of their eye and also one that is a thin membrane that moves horizontally across the eye. Birds do not blink like we do, but instead sweep their horizontal eyelid over their eye to “blink.”

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

Question 4:The correct answer is True
Birds’ bones are remarkably light-weight, which enable them to fly high in the sky and not fall right out of the air.

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

Question 5:The correct answer is True
Females can lay eggs, regardless if a male is present. Female birds are oviparious, meaning they pass an egg from the ovaries to outside the body, fertile or not. Females may try to sit and incubate the eggs even if they are infertile. It is best to take the eggs away after a few days or when she stops sitting on them. It is usually best to leave the eggs with the hen until she stops sitting on them, because some birds, especially cockatiels, will lay more eggs to make up for the ones taken away, which can lead to serious health problems.

If you got the right answer, give yourself 1 point. If your answer is wrong, you receive zero points.

SCORING
1 points: Hmmm … check out the Bird Anatomy article in your issue of Birds USA again.
2 points: Two out of five isn't bad. Ask your avian vet to help explain any questions.
3 points: Respectable. You know a bit about a bird's anatomy.
4 points: Impressive! You must reasearch a lot about birds.
5 points: Wow! You must be on your way to becoming an avian vet.

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Birds have more than 3 types of feathers. They have five types (if your not including feathers with specific functions, such as flight feathers) Contour, semiplumes, down feathers, bristles, and filoplumes all have unique characteristics.
David, Chatham, IL
Posted: 11/29/2011 8:28:15 AM
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