Are you smarter than a bald eagle education classroom?
Are you smarter than a bald eagle education classroom? Take the quiz and find out! These quizzes were developed by students for people attending our After the Fledge in 2018…and these kids really know their eagle facts!
#1 Which answer best reflects what eagles eat? (BHK pre-school)
Fish, birds, reptile, carrion, small mammals
Fruit, nuts, insects, plants, small mammals
Raccoon, squirrels, rodents, rabbits, opposum
Trout, sucker, catfish, bass, drum, shad
Ducks, crows, pigeon/rock dove, wild turkey
Sorry! The best answer was #1: fish, birds, reptile, carrion, small mammals. Eagles do not eat fruit, nuts, or plants directly (although they may consume some from the crops or stomachs of their prey). While eagles eat fish and birds, they do not exclusively focus on either one. Although eagles are carnivores with a preference for fish, they don’t specialize in any particular kind of prey.
#2 How high up can a Bald Eagle fly? (BHK – Preschool)
About 2500 feet
About 1 mile
About 2 miles
About 5 miles
Sorry! Eagles can fly to an altitude of around two miles. the world’s highest flying bird is Rüppell’s vulture, which has been recorded at 11,300 metres (37,100 feet or a little over seven miles).
#3 What is it called when Bald Eagles spread their wings out to sun? (BBMK – Kindergarten)
Sorry! This pose is called the ‘heraldic pose’. Eagles spread their wings to dry and air their feathers. Exposing underwings and other dark places might also help kill parasites.
#4 How many weeks old is an eaglet when it reaches T90 or 90% of its growth? (BBMK – Kindergarten)
None of the above
Sorry! The answer is six weeks. Bald eagles have some of the fastest growth rates among North American birds, although they spend a very long time in the nest (75-80 days) when compared with other species.
#5 When they hatch what does an eaglet weigh? (Elsie 7 – Kindergarten)
32 ounces/2 pounds
16 ounces/1 pound
3 to 3.5 ounces
Sorry! The answer was 3 to 3.5 ounces, or about as much as 18 nickels.
#6 What is it called when Bald Eagles bring their wings up over their back? (Elsie7 – Kindergarten)
A wing stretch!
Sorry! This is called a warble. The modernapprentice.com, a falconry website, defines it as “The action of stretching both wings up over the back simultaneously”.
#7 What is it called when a group of Bald Eagles are perched together in trees? (TeamCarnes – 2nd Grade)?Photo by Lori Carnes
A communal roost
A bunch of eagles!
Sorry! When bald eagles perch together, it is called a communal roost. This photo was taken by Lori Carnes near Lock and Dam number 18 on the Mississippi River.
#8 What is the curved end of the beak that is used to tear food called? (Teamcarnes – 2nd Grade)
Sorry! The answer is culmen. The hallux is the rear claw, a scimitar is a curved sword, and a retrix is the singular form of retrices, or tailfeathers.
#9 What is the back toe called? (CCS2ndGr – 2nd Grade)
Sorry! The correct answer is Hallux. The culmen is the curved end of the beak and retrix is the singular form of retrices, or tailfeathers.
#10 What is it called to sleep with one eye closed and half of the brain asleep? (CCS2ndGr – 2nd Grade)
"I'm just resting my eyes!"
Sorry! The correct answer is unihemispheric sleep. Birds have much more complicated sleep patterns than we used to think: https://raptorresource.blogspot.com/2017/03/sweet-eagle-dreams.html.
#11 When incubating, the parents keep the eggs at about what temperature? (Gadeb – 5th Grade)
Sorry! The correct answer is around 100 degrees Farenheit. Since adult eagles have body temperatures of around 105 degrees, they have heat to spare!
#12 What is it called when eaglets can maintain their own body temperature? (Gadeb – 5th Grade)
Sorry! The correct answer is thermoregulation. Eaglets can thermoregulate at around 15 days of age, after their thicker, woolier second or thermal down comes in. Before that, they need to be brooded.
#13 How often do they roll the eggs when incubating? (Kcw35892 – Library Associate)
About every 15 minutes
About every half hour
About every four hours
About every hour
Sorry! The correct answer was ‘About every hour’. Rolling eggs helps membrane formation early on and keeps the developing eaglets from sticking to the shell.
#14 How long after an external pip does it take an eaglet to hatch? (Kcw35892 – Library Associate)
1-2 hours, typically
10-12 hours, typically
24-48 hours, typically
3 days, typically
Sorry! The correct answer is 24 to 48 hours, which gives us all plenty of time to pace to waiting-room floor!