Feathers Quiz - solution

Identify the feathers below and describe how they help a raptor to survive.

Down Feather

Type of feather: down feather

Why is this feather important? This feather is fluffy, located close to the body, under the contour feathers and help insulate and keep a bird warm

Counter Feather

Type of feather: contour feather

Why is this feather important? These types of feathers cover the wings, body, and tail and streamline a bird to help give it a smooth, sleek shape. They are stiff, flexible, and very strong yet lightweight.

Flight Feather

Type of feather: flight feather

Why is this feather important? These are special contour feathers located on the wings, called flight feathers. They are shaped to fan the air, creating "lift" to help a bird get off the ground, move about in the air, and land safely.