Take our Bird Anatomy Quiz!

We all love our birds from the tops of their fluffy heads to the tips of their tails. We could also say that we love them from their nares to their preen glands! Our feathered dragons are quite differently designed than mammals and other creatures. Most obviously, they possess wings and feathers, but here’s a fun quiz to see how much you know about the rest of their anatomy.

1) Another word for a bird’s nose:

a. Snout
b. Nares
c. Cere
d. Both b & c

2) A bird’s respiratory system consists of:

a. Two lungs
b. Two lungs and nine air sacs
c. Nine air sacs
d. Diaphragm and two lungs

3) A crop on a bird is: 

a. The base of the tail
b. The bottom part of the beak
c. Equivalent to its stomach
d. A third eyelid

4) True or False:

All parrots have a preen gland.

5) True or False:

A wild bird could die if it didn’t keep its feathers preened.

6) Most birds have three toes in front and one toe in back, but parrots have two and two in front and back. This is called:

a. Zygodactyl
b. Pterodactyl
c. Tridactyl
d. X-Feet

7) True or false:

Parrots are the only birds capable of moving the upper parts of their beaks independently from the bottom mandible.

8) Regarding a parrot’s vision:

a. They can see electromagnetic fields
b. They have better depth perception than humans
c. They can see ultraviolet color
d. All of the above

9) True or False:

Parrots have thinner feathers over their ear holes.

10) True or False:

Bird poop has two parts.

1) D. Nostrils built into the beak are called nares, and nose holes in a fleshy area are called ceres.

2) B. Bird’s respiratory systems are ultra-efficient for flight and vocalizing. They actually take in more oxygen than humans.

3) C. After they swallow, it’s where the food goes.

4) False. Amazons and Pionus are among the parrots that do not have them.

5) Clean and “zipped up” feathers are essential for flight. If a bird can’t fly in the wild, he’s clearly in danger!

6) A. Zygodactyl 

7) True. Fun fact: A macaw’s powerful beak can exert pressure equal to 500-700 pounds per square inch!

8) D. A parrot’s vision is superb, and scientists are still learning new things about it.

9) True.

10) False. It’s composed of three: green or brown feces, white urates and clear urine.


And speaking of bird poop – we’re at THE END!