Friday, August 22, 2008

Birdlife Olympic Games: Sprint

Next Birdlife International Olympic event -- the sprint, in honour of the world's fastest human sprinter, Jamaican Usain Bolt, who set a 200m World record of 19.30 seconds - equivalent to 37.3 km / hr.

Birds are amazing athletes - Can you spot which of the bird species below can fly up to 350 km/hr?

A - Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)
B - Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)
C - Tuamotu Kingfisher (Todiramphus gambieri)
D – Red-footed Falcon (Falco vespertinus)

I'm way out of medal contention, with only two correct answers out of 5 so far. Hope you do better! Go to Birdlife International's Web site to compete, and perhaps win a copy of the Rare Birds Yearbook 2008.