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Can You Identify These Animals That Fly?
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The ability to fly has been a human desire since the beginning of time.  Think about it: How many superheroes can fly?  Superman, Storm, Rogue, Hawkgirl, and the Martian Manhunter to name a few.  In some, the desire to fly became a reality: In 1903 Orville and Wilbur Wright designed the first functioning airplane and revolutionized the world of travel forever.  In the sports arena, in 1896, Otto Lilienthal crashed to his death while working on his invention: the hang glider.  All of these things have gotten their inspiration from the natural fliers, birds.

With their incredible wingspans, birds have the ability to fly to heights with a grace and agility that is difficult to replicate.  The wandering albatross has the largest wingspan of the bunch at a little over 10 feet as an average.  While some birds tend to soar (Ruppell's griffon vulture holds the record at 37,000 feet) there are some birds that excel at plunging at an incredible speed (cape gannets have the nickname of "missile birds" for their ability to dive from the air at 60 miles per hour.  While in descent, they pull their wings directly behind them, making them look like little missiles!)

So do you think you were made to soar with the eagles with your mad bird identification skills, or you going to crash and burn?  Take this quiz to find out!




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