Ultimate Bird Quiz Questions and Answers

Do you rule the roost when it comes to the bird quiz questions round at trivia nights? Then test your knowledge with these bird trivia questions.

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Birds are the kings and queens of the sky. They have inspired many a writer and artist who use them flying free as a symbol of hope and freedom. When bird quiz questions come up at your local trivia night, do you soar free or fall from your perch and hide?

You don’t have to be an avid bird watcher to feel the excitement of seeing a toucan in the wild, or even just to enjoy watching garden birds perched in a tree. Whether in nature or kept as pets, birds have brought color and delight to people all over the world.

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How well do you know your birds?

Do you know where in the world you’d expect to find different birds? Are you up to date with which birds are the fastest, tallest, or smallest? With these bird trivia questions you can see how much you know about our feathered friends. If you’ve already played our popular bird identification quiz, going to love playing this one too.

Birds come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. From mere inches high to almost 9 feet tall, with high fliers, land based birds, and water lovers. There’s even a type of bird with nostrils! Can you name that bird?

Test your knowledge and help yourself fly high at your next trivia night with these bird trivia questions and answers.

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Bird Quiz Questions

1. Which bird has the fastest maximum airspeed and is classified as the fastest animal in the world?

2. What is the world’s smallest living bird?

3. Which bird is the national bird of the USA?

4. Approximately how many species of bird are there: 6,000, 8,000 or 10,000?

5. What is the collective name for a group of crows?

6. Which birds did coal miners traditionally bring into the mines with them to detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide?

7. Flamingos are born with white feathers. What gives them their famous pink color?

8. What is the world’s tallest living bird?

9. Eagles are informally grouped into 4 categories: fish, snake, giant forest and…?

10. What color eggs does a gray catbird lay?

11. Pica pica is the scientific name for which bird?

12. Which of these would not be considered common garden birds: common potoos, blue tits, robins, or starlings?

13.  There are just under 400 species of parrot. Which species is the longest from head to tail?

14. Which Australian bird’s song is described as laughing?

15. A pen is a female swan and a cygnet is a baby swan. What is the name of a male swan?

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16. There is only one bird in the world which has nostrils at the end of its beak. Which is it?

17. Superb, splendid, purple-crowned, and lovely are all species of which type of bird?

18. Around two thirds of households in the USA keep animals as pets. Approximately what percentage of households in the USA have birds as pets: 2%, 5%, 11%, or 20%?

19. English charity RSPB has a wealth of information about birds on their website. What does the acronym RSPB stand for?

20. Mallard ducks are native to South America, true of false?

21. There are over 600 bird species living in Britain. Which of these British birds does the Queen of England own the entire unmarked population of?

22. According to the poem, which bird is wonderful because its beak can hold more than its belly can?

23. The kakapo bird is native to which country?

24. Ostriches lay the largest eggs in the world. To the closest pound, how heavy is an ostrich egg?

25. Which type of bird is the national symbol of Bolivia?

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Bird Quiz Questions and Answers

1. Which bird has the fastest maximum airspeed and is classified as the fastest animal in the world?

Peregrine falcon, which can reach a whopping 242 mph (389 km/h). It wouldn’t even be a race against a cheetah!

2. What is the world’s smallest living bird?

The Bee Hummingbird, which is just over 2 inches (5.5cm) tall.

3. Which bird is the national bird of the USA?

Bald eagle, also referred to as the American eagle. 

4. Approximately how many species of bird are there: 6,000, 8,000 or 10,000?

Approximately 10,000, which most researchers place into just 30 categories.

5. What is the collective name for a group of crows?

A murder

6. Which birds did coal miners traditionally bring into the mines with them to detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide?

Canaries

7. Flamingos are born with white feathers. What gives them their famous pink color?

Their diet of shrimps

8. What is the world’s tallest living bird?

Ostriches, followed by emus and cassowaries, all of which are flightless birds.

9. Eagles are informally grouped into 4 categories: fish, snake, giant forest and…?

Booted

10. What color eggs does a gray catbird lay?

Blue

11. Pica pica is the scientific name for which bird?

Eurasian magpie – also known as the common magpie.

12. Which of these would not be considered common garden birds: common potoos, blue tits, robins, or starlings?

Common potoo, they are primarily found in the forests of South and Central America.

13.  There are just under 400 species of parrot. Which species is the longest from head to tail?

The hyacinth macaw, which is approximately one meter from the top of its head to the tip of its tail.

14. Which Australian bird’s song is described as laughing?

Kookaburra

15. A pen is a female swan and a cygnet is a baby swan. What is the name of a male swan?

A cob

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16. There is only one bird in the world which has nostrils at the end of its beak. Which is it?

The kiwi

17. Superb, splendid, purple-crowned, and lovely are all species of which type of bird?

Fairy-wrens

18. Around two thirds of households in the USA keep animals as pets. Approximately what percentage of households in the USA have birds as pets: 2%, 5%, 11%, or 20%?

5%. According to the 2019-2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 5.7 million (4.8%) of households in the USA keep birds.

19. English charity RSPB has a wealth of information about birds on their website. What does the acronym RSPB stand for?

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

20. Mallard ducks are native to South America, true of false?

False

21. There are over 600 bird species living in Britain. Which of these British birds does the Queen of England own the entire unmarked population of?

Mute swans

22. According to the poem, which bird is wonderful because its beak can hold more than its belly can?

The pelican. What a wonderful bird is the pelican, its beak can hold more than its belly can…

23. The kakapo bird is native to which country?

New Zealand

24. Ostriches lay the largest eggs in the world. To the closest pound, how heavy is an ostrich egg?

3 pounds, or 1.4 kg! These eggs are approximately 6 inches (15 cm) tall by 5 inches (13cm) wide, and they weigh over 20 times more than a regular chicken egg!

25. Which type of bird is the national symbol of Bolivia?

The Andean condor


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