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Bird Vocabulary

Caitlin Hoerning

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5.seeing only one object at a time; both eyes focus on the same object
6.the rearing of a young bird until it has grown its feathers and is able to fly and leave the nest
7.a tough, fibrous protein; the basic substance of hair, nails, horns, feathers, shafts, etc.
10.a large sac between the esophagus and stomach that stores food until the bird is ready to begin digestion
13.an individual that studies birds
14.of or belonging to a group of birds of prey, such as hawks, eagles, falcons, vultures, owls, etc.; Latin word meaning to seize or capture
15.the Latin word for birds; a special class of vertebrates
18.seeing two different objects at the same time; a different object per eye
19.special contour feathers that help a bird get off the ground, move in the air, and land safely
20.stiff feathers designed to cover the wings and body of a bird
22.fleshy area above the beak, where the nostrils of most birds are located
23.being able to control and maintain a constant body temperature even when the temperature of the environment changes
24.Part of bird's head immediately below the base of the bill
25.either of the paired organs of flight of a bird, bat, insect, etc.
26.a special muscle of the stomach that helps the digestive process by grinding and crushing hard-to-digest food; acts like teeth
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1.a carnivorous bird (hawk, falcon, eagle, etc.) that kills and eats small mammals and other birds
2.to shed feathers, skin, horns, etc. before replacement with new growth
3.a transparent third eyelid hinged at the lower lid of the eye of raptors, and closes laterally across the eye
4.a process that most birds do with an oil secreted from a special gland; involves rubbing the oil over its feathers to protect them
8.the unusable and undigested material that a bird cannot process for nutrients, and is regurgitated in the form of a pellet
9.an animal with a backbone or spinal column
11.decaying flesh of a dead body
12.anything that hinders or hampers the speed; something that pulls you down
16.the stem of a feather; the hollow tube that holds the feathers together and in place
17.fluffy feathers designed to help insulate and keep a bird warm
21.the lethal weapons of raptors; powerful feet with toes (usually three or four) having sharp ends

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