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Birds of Prey
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Which of these birds are birds of prey?
ostriches, rheas, and cassowaries
kites, falcons, and owls
macaws, conures, and lories
Large birds of prey use warm air currents to gain altitude. These currents are called
All birds of prey except __________ catch their own food.
All birds of prey fly in two basic ways:
flappping their wings and gliding.
flapping their wings and pushing against the air currents with their feet.
via American Airlines or United Airlines.
A harpy eagle's talons are the size of grizzly bear claws. Harpies have been known to kill
A golden eagle can see an 18-inch rabbit from a distance of
A nictating membrane is
a bird's protection against the nicotine in secondhand smoke.
a bird's third eyelid.
the membrane lining a bird's mouth.
The tiny elf owl likes to nest
in a cactus.
in tall trees.
on rocky ledges.
Within the same species, male and female birds of prey look very similar, but there is usually one obvious difference. What is it?
The males have larger heads.
The females have sharper talons.
The females are larger than the males.
Which bird of prey weighs more than 30 pounds and has a 10-foot wingspan?
An owl's flight feathers are soft at the edges. This helps the owl by
keeping it warmer.
making it more silent in flight.
making it more attractive to other owls.
To scare away an enemy, a burrowing owl will
hiss like a snake.
kick up dirt.
How do eagles keep other predators from finding their nest?
They disguise the nest with palm fronds or other plant material.
They are careful to be sure they aren't followed when returning to it.
They carry eggshells and food debris away so the nest won't be noticed.
Most birds of prey lay 1 to 4 eggs. But if food is plentiful, _______ may lay a dozen.
One of the biggest dangers to birds of prey is
a lack of unpolluted water.
There are ______ different kinds of birds of prey.
Birds of prey can be found
only at high elevations.
only in warm climates.
on every continent and in every habitat.
Some birds of prey can _______ at more than 80 miles per hour.
dive through the air
The largest eagle nest ever found was 20 feet tall, 9 feet wide, and weighed over 4,000 pounds. Why was it so large?
It was being used by some very large eagles.
Eagles reuse nests, adding material to them, so they grow big over long periods of time.
Scientists do not know why.
What bird of prey, battling extinction, has recently been reintroduced to the Grand Canyon?
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