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Raptor Trivia! 

Test your raptor recall skills with this quiz! Do you think you know them all? 

Quiz Questions

  • 1.
    What are the three characteristics of birds of prey?
    • A.
      Sharp talons to catch their food
    • B.
      Dive in the water for their food
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Birds of prey have very specialized adaptations that allow them to catch and eat their prey, which usually tend to be small rodents, bugs, reptiles, or fish. Vultures and Eagles also have a tendency to eat carrion, better known as roadkill. Raptors need sharp hooked beaks to tear into the food that they are eating, because they do not have teeth to chew like we do. All of these adaptations are what make bird of prey so special and so unique!
    • C.
      Sharp hooked beak
    • D.
      Long flat beaks 
    • E.
      Eat meat 
    • F.
      Eat seeds
  • 2.
    Which raptor has specialized feathers for silent flight?
    • A.
      Red-shouldered Hawk
    • B.
      Peregrine Falcon
    • C.
      Barred Owl 
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Owls as a whole have specialized flight feathers that allow them to be silent flyers, which as a nocturnal bird, gives them the ability to sneak up on their prey at night without having the sound of flapping scare the prey away. The edges of their feathers are serrated which breaks down the amount of wind that is flowing through them.
    • D.
      Bald Eagle 
  • 3.
    Which raptor can reach speeds up to 200mph when diving from the sky to catch prey?
    • A.
      Bald Eagle
    • B.
      Osprey
    • C.
      Peregrine Falcon
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Peregrine Falcons are extremely fast, and are spectacularly well adapted to living in almost every continent besides Antarctica! Their dive, or "stoop" has been recorded to be as fast as 200 mph. Peregrine Falcons can almost always be found in urban areas, as they tend to build their nests on skyscrapers and other buildings.
    • D.
      Turkey Vulture 
  • 4.
    Vultures have a special adaptation that keeps them cool in the sun. What is it?
    • A.
      They hide in bushes when the sun is too hot
    • B.
      They cover their legs with feces 
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: So, vultures have a very special way of keeping themselves cool, and that is that they will poop down their legs, and it sticks to them like sunscreen. Pretty gross adaptation, but it keeps them cool when it gets way too hot. Definitely not something to try at home though!
    • C.
      They regurgitate to remove body heat
    • D.
      They cover themselves in carrion
  • 5.
     The "keeeyaarr" sound often heard in television or movies is made by which kind of raptor?
    • A.
      Bald Eagle
    • B.
      Red-tailed Hawk 
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Red-tailed Hawks are being robbed of fame, because that call you always hear in the movies is most definitely them! Eagles have more of a series of high pitched whistles or piping noises. So the next time you see a movie and hear this sound, tell your friends that it isn't really an Eagle!
    • C.
      Screech Owl
    • D.
      Osprey
  • 6.
    What is the most common hawk found here in Florida?
    • A.
      Red-tailed Hawk
    • B.
      Harris Hawk
    • C.
      Red-shouldered Hawk
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Red-shouldered Hawks are very prominent in Florida, you have probably heard one in your backyard! These hawks are very vocal, making quick, loud, repeating calls. They typically live in hardwood forests, wetlands, and even urban areas. They also are a big fan of eating snakes and small rodents, so they help with pest control too!
    • D.
      Broad-winged Hawk 
  • 7.
    Great Horned Owls are known for stealing the nests of which other raptor?
    • A.
      Barn Owl 
    • B.
      Bald Eagle
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Great Horned Owls are notoriously known for pirating the nests of Bald Eagles. They are much stronger than Bald Eagles, which doesn't seem likely judging by their size, but they actually have about 500 lbs of pressure per square inch in their grip, where Bald Eagles only have about 300 lbs per square inch. It can be a tough fight, but Great Horned Owls are willing to risk it considering they aren't the best nest makers in the world.
    • C.
      Red-tailed Hawk 
    • D.
      Osprey
  • 8.
    How many different color morphs do Easter Screech Owls have?
    • A.
      Five
    • B.
      Two
    • C.
      Three
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Eastern Screech Owls have three color morphs, Red (Rufous), Gray, and Brown. Screech Owls are only about 5 inches tall, and are cavity nesters. They love to nestle up in the crooks of trees, which allows for better camouflage. So these color morphs are a very important adaptation when it comes to both hunting, and staying out of harms way.
    • D.
      Seven
  • 9.
    Which raptor has the nickname "fish hawk?"
    • A.
      Bald Eagle 
    • B.
      Great Horned Owl
    • C.
      Red-tailed Hawk
    • D.
      Osprey
      (Correct Answer)
      Explanation: Osprey are notorious for being great fishermen, and they have talons that are specialized for catching live fish. They have a special adaptation, which is a a reversible outer toe, that allows for a better grip on slippery fish. Osprey are also known for their extensive migrations, traveling up to 160,000 miles within its lifespan.

Quiz Outcomes

  • 1.
    0 to 3 correct:
    Hatchling
    You know a little about raptors, but you're still a beginner! Not to worry though, there is plenty to learn about raptors, and you'll have the hang of it in no time.
  • 2.
    4 to 6 correct:
    Fledgeling 
    You definitely know a good amount about raptors! There is always so much to learn about these birds, so keep at it and you'll be an expert in no time!
  • 3.
    7 to 9 correct:
    Flighted
    You are a fully flighted expert on raptors, so keep spreading your raptor knowledge and share it with others!