New feature: a bird identification quiz

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Identify the species shown in each photo by clicking the multiple choice answers. I hope to make short quizzes like this a regular feature of this website, so please leave feedback on what you like or dislike about it. Thanks!

Northeastern Backyard Beaks

Congratulations - you have completed Northeastern Backyard Beaks. You scored %%SCORE%% out of %%TOTAL%%. Your performance has been rated as %%RATING%%
Your answers are highlighted below.
Question 1
A
Common Grackle
B
American Goldfinch
C
Northern Cardinal
D
House Finch
Question 1 Explanation: 
Question 2
A
Dark-eyed Junco
B
Field Sparrow
C
Tufted Titmouse
D
White-breasted Nuthatch
Question 2 Explanation: 
Question 3
A
Black-capped Chickadee
B
White-breasted Nuthatch
C
Tufted Titmouse
D
Blue Jay
Question 3 Explanation: 
Question 4
A
Tufted Titmouse
B
Blue Jay
C
White-breasted Nuthatch
D
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Question 4 Explanation: 
Question 5
A
Northern Cardinal
B
Song Sparrow
C
Eastern Towhee
D
House Finch
Question 5 Explanation: 
Once you are finished, click the button below. Any items you have not completed will be marked incorrect. Get Results
There are 5 questions to complete.

17 thoughts on “New feature: a bird identification quiz”

  1. Hi David,

    I like this feature a lot. I live in California and haven’t seen a couple of these species before. Had to consult your Guide to Birds for a little help.

  2. The result “You scored…” needs to be much more obvious – bold or larger font or something.

    A lot of people follow blogs using some sort of aggregation tool to make it all practical. I follow a couple of dozen, and without Google Reader that would not happen. However, since I read the blog first using Google Reader (http://www.google.com/reader) I saw the “answer” pictures at the same time as the beaks. Along with such stuff as “You scored %%SCORE%% out of %%TOTAL%%. Your performance has been rated as %%RATING%%”. Many blogs only show the first few lines and require you to go to the blog’s site to read the rest. If you put such a break before the quiz starts that might work around the problem of revealing the answers.

  3. I just had to get to your blog, rather than reading it in Google Reader, to get it to work. This is an excellent tool to help me be forced to see ALL the details of a bird. I’m very prone to know birds only by some very obvious behavior, shape, or flight pattern, and not be able to even notice the finer details.

  4. I would second RH’s suggestion to hide the full post from feed aggregators, but please don’t turn this on for ALL posts. This was a great quiz and I’m looking forward to seeing more.

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