Friday, August 15, 2008

Bird Olympics Challenge - Marathon

BirdLife International , which has been running its own BirdLife Games in tandem with the Olympics in China, has issued its next Bird Olympics challenge -- the Marathon.
Here's the question:

The marathon was one of the original Olympic events in 1896. The world record time for a human over the distance is 2 hours 4 minutes and 26 seconds, set by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia.

Birds are the ultimate long-distance atheletes; travelling thousands of miles each year during their migration period.

Can you spot which of the bird species below travels an average of 64,000 km (40,000 miles) during their migration period?

A - Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
B - Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
C - Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita
D - Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
E - Sooty Shearwater Pufinus griseus
Go to the BirdLife Web site to answer the question. Good luck! (I answered this one correctly, which makes me 1 for 3 -- yikes.)