Identify each type of feather below and describe how it helps a raptor to survive.
Type of feather: down feather
Why is this feather important? This feather is fluffy, located close to the body, under the contour feathers, and helps insulate and keep a bird warm.
Type of feather: contour feather
Why is this feather important? These types of feathers cover the wings, body, and tail. They streamline a bird to help give it a smooth, sleek shape. They are stiff, flexible, and very strong yet lightweight.
Type of feather: flight feather
Why is this feather important? These are special contour feathers located on the wings, called flight feathers. They are shaped to fan the air, creating "lift" to help a bird get off the ground, move about in the air, and land safely.
Quiz created by BLM Snake River Birds of Prey NCA staff, 1997. Boise, ID. Illustrations in the quiz © The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Ornithology by M. Brooke and T. Birkhead, 1991. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY. Reproduced with permission.