How much do you know about migrant birds?
Test your knowledge here!
1 Why do birds migrate?
a) To soak up some sun
b) To find food
c) To look for a mate
2 What is the main cue that nature gives birds to migrate?
a) Change in weather
b) Dwindling food supplies
c) Change in daylight hours
3 Predators are a serious threat – which of these is known to be a danger to night flying migrant songbirds?
a) The Eleonora's Falcon
b) The Greater Noctule bat
c) The Eagle Owl
4 Where is the swallow that nested in your garden likely to spend its winter?
a) South Africa
b) South America
c) The Mediterranean
5 How far can a migrating swallow fly in a day?
a) 93 miles (150 km)
b) 186 miles (300 km)
c) 248 miles (400 km)
6 Redwings arrive in the UK from September. Where do they breed?
a) Northern Scotland
d) All three
7 What prompts fieldfares to migrate from their breeding grounds?
a) The size of the rowan berry crop
b) Freezing cold weather
c) Shortening hours of daylight
8 Swifts make a migratory journey of around 22,000 kilometers (14,000 miles) every year. What helps them to do this?
a) They hitch a lift on passing light aircraft
b) They have a special high-energy diet
c) They sleep with half their brain at a time
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