Birds of Prey: Quiz Solution - What Makes A Bird A Raptor? (Fill in the blanks)


  1. Birds belong to a large group of animals called vertebrates.
  2. Birds evolved from a group of vertebrates called reptiles.
  3. All birds grow feathers.
  4. List two functions of feathers:
    1. fly
    2. stay warm
    3. protect the skin
    4. camouflage
    5. attract a mate
  5. All birds have wings, even birds such as ostriches and penguins that cannot fly.
  6. List four things that help raptors fly:
    1. feathers
    2. wings
    3. air sacs
    4. light bones
    5. streamlined shape
  7. Raptors have different kinds of beaks depending on kinds of food they eat.
  8. List four things that raptors might eat:
    1. insecst
    2. fish
    3. small mammals
    4. other birds
    5. rodents
    6. reptiles
    7. dead animals
  9. All raptors are warm blooded, being able to control and maintain a constant body temperature even if the temperature around them changes.
  10. A bird uses its crop to store undigested food before it enters the stomach, and its gizzard to grind and crush hard nuts, seeds, grains, and other foods.
  11. List three essential traits that make birds of prey different from other kinds of birds:
    1. hooked beak with sharp edges
    2. keen vision
    3. feet with sharp talons

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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.