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1. What is North America's smallest bird?
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2. What is North America's heaviest bird?
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3. What regularly occurring North American bird has the longest wingspan?
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4. What member of the North American cuckoo family is known for its running ability?
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5. What is North America's fastest bird?
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6. What migrating bird flies the highest?
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7. What migrant flies the fastest?
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8. What seabird is known for its incredible migration between the Arctic and Antarctic oceans?
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9. What is North America's smallest loon?
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10. What is the most widespread grebe in the New World?
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11. In Eurasia it is known as the Slavonian Grebe. What is this species called in North America?
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12. What seabird nests high in trees in old-growth forests?
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13. What is the tiniest member of the auk family?
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14. What North American goose nests the farthest north?
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15. What North American bird is also known as the "baldpate"?
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16. What is the smallest shearwater regularly occurring off the coast of North America?
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17. What seabird is the national bird of Bermuda?
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18. Which of the two North American pelicans dives for fish?
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19. What is the largest North American tern?
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20. What is the smallest heron in the world?
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21. What North American heron is most associated with saltwater habitats?
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22. What species is also known as the "crab-eater"?
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23. What is North America's only native stork?
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24. In Europe it is known as the Kentish Plover. What is this species called in North America?
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25. What shorebird species lays its eggs in old songbird nests high up in trees?
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26. What shorebird undergoes a flightless molt?
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27. What shorebird nest was first discovered during Admiral Peary's expedition to the North Pole in 1909?
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28. Which of the smaller waders is usually found in forests and eats earthworms?
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29. What was Benjamin Franklin's choice to be the national bird of the United States?
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30. What raptor has been known to hang upside down in the branches of trees while searching for prey?
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31. What North American raptor hunts cooperatively and shares the prey after capture?
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32. What pair of unrelated raptors appear quite similar when seen soaring?
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33. What is the largest falcon in the world?
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34. What is the smallest owl in the world?
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35. What is North America's closest relative to the famous quetzals of Central and South America?
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36. What bird's plaintive song gives it the common name "Jose Maria" in Mexico?
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37. What is the most northerly wintering Empidonax flycatcher?
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38. What species did Audubon call the "Missouri skylark"?
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39. What North American species is restricted to a single island?
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40. What is the largest songbird (member of the passerine family) in North America?
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41. What songbird is most closely associated with water and could actually be called a waterbird?
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42. What North American species is our closest relative to the Old World group known as the babblers?
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43. What family of songbirds behaves more like the raptors?
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44. What species has the nickname "butcherbird"?
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45. What native North American species regularly raises the most number of broods per year?
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46. What species' voice is imitated by the sound of the cuckoo clock?
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47. What bird's croaking call, often heard on hot humid days, gave it the nickname "rain crow"?
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48. What was the first species of bird thought to "hibernate"?
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49. What is the most northerly nesting species of hummingbird?
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50. In the nineteenth century, before the House Sparrow became abundant throughout our cities, what was the most common city sparrow?
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51. What species' name reflects its unconventional and seemingly carefree lifestyle?
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52. What is the most common western warbler found as a vagrant in the East?
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53. What warbler is named after an ornithologist's sister?
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54. What duck dives the deepest?
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