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
Scapulars
B
Greater coverts
C
Median coverts
D
Back
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
Primary coverts
B
Greater coverts
C
Scapulars
D
Median coverts
Question 3
The feathers labeled 3 are the:
A
Median coverts
B
Primary coverts
C
Secondaries
D
Greater coverts
Question 4
The feathers labeled 4 are the:
A
Median coverts
B
Primary coverts
C
Lesser coverts
D
Scapulars
Question 5
The feathers labeled 5 are the:
A
Secondaries
B
Primaries
C
Tertials
D
Greater coverts
Question 6
The feathers labeled 6 are the:
A
Primaries
B
Secondaries
C
Greater coverts
D
Tertials
Question 7
Identify the species of the subject bird (the big one).
A
White-winged Crossbill
B
Baltimore Oriole
C
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
D
Black-headed Grosbeak
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
Pine Siskin
B
House Finch
C
American Goldfinch
D
Common Redpoll
E
Lesser Goldfinch
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