Tuesday, August 19, 2008

BirdLife Games Event: Weightlifting

BirdLife International continues its BirdLife Games with a new event: weightlifting. See if you can figure out which bird would take the gold!

From the BirdLife Web site:

Weightlifting is a sport in which participants attempt a maximum weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weights. The heaviest weight lift of all time is 266.0 kg (586.4 lb) lifted by Leonid Taranenko in Canberra, Australia.

Birds are amazing athletes - Can you spot which of the bird species below can not only lift, but also fly with prey weighing up to 6.8 kg?

A - Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
B - Indian Vulture Gyps indicus
C - Blakiston's Fish-owl Ketupa blakistoni
D - Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi

To find out the correct answer email birdlifegames@gmail.com. You'll instantly receive an email with a link to the answers page.

If you'd like to have the chance of winning a copy of the Rare Birds Yearbook 2008, put your answer in the subect area (e.g. ANSWER F), and your name and country in the main text. Good luck!