Quiz on Bird Topography: Wings 3

Each label in the photo above points to a feather group associated with the wings. In the quiz below, choose the correct name for that labeled feather group.


Bird Topography: Wings 3

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Question 1
The feathers labeled 1 are the:
A
Greater coverts
B
Back
C
Scapulars
D
Median coverts
Question 1 Explanation: 
The scapulars grow from the shoulder (think scapula) and curve back and down to cover the base of the wing. They form an oval just above the wing coverts and below the mantle feathers. Compare the pattern and orientation of the scapular feathers with the feathers above and below. Also notice the difference in texture between the more fluffy scapulars (and mantle) and the more sturdy-looking and streamlined wing coverts below.
Question 2
The feathers labeled 2 are the:
A
Scapulars
B
Greater coverts
C
Median coverts
D
Primary coverts
Question 3
The feathers labeled 3 are the:
A
Secondaries
B
Primary coverts
C
Median coverts
D
Greater coverts
Question 4
The feathers labeled 4 are the:
A
Primary coverts
B
Scapulars
C
Lesser coverts
D
Median coverts
Question 5
The feathers labeled 5 are the:
A
Tertials
B
Primaries
C
Greater coverts
D
Secondaries
Question 6
The feathers labeled 6 are the:
A
Greater coverts
B
Tertials
C
Primaries
D
Secondaries
Question 7
Identify the species of the subject bird (the big one).
A
Black-headed Grosbeak
B
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
C
Baltimore Oriole
D
White-winged Crossbill
E
House Finch
Question 8
Identify the species of the two smaller birds. They are two different species, and you need to select both from the answers below.
A
Lesser Goldfinch
B
Common Redpoll
C
Pine Siskin
D
American Goldfinch
E
House Finch
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