Quiz 13: Head pattern variations

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Here are four more birds with questions about their head feathers.

With thanks, again, to Brian E. Small for providing the beautiful photos. You can see lots more at his website, and clicking any photo links there as well.

More head patterns

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Question 1
The two white stripes are the:
A
auriculars and malar
B
supercilium and lateral throat stripe
C
supercilium and malar
Question 2
And the species is:
A
Black-chinned Sparrow
B
Five-striped Sparrow
C
Black-throated Sparrow
D
Dark-eyed Junco
Question 3
The black stripe on the head is on the:
A
crown
B
supercilium
C
malar
D
auriculars
Question 3 Explanation: 
Unlike most birds, which have a dark stripe on the side of the crown contrasting with a paler eyebrow stripe, this species has the black stripe shifted lower on the side of the head. The crown is completely blue-gray, and the supercilium is partly black. Actually I think you could say the black spreads up a little bit onto the edge of the crown, so I'll give partial credit for "crown".
Question 4
The species is:
A
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
B
Northern Mockingbird
C
Lucy's Warbler
D
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Question 5
Is the throat paler or darker than the supercilium? Is the throat paler or darker than the supercilium?
A
paler
B
about the same
C
darker
Question 6
The species is:
A
Northern Mockingbird
B
Canyon Towhee
C
California Thrasher
D
Curve-billed Thrasher
Question 7
The white stripe below the eye is on the:
A
auriculars
B
throat
C
supercilium
D
malar
Question 7 Explanation: 
All woodpeckers that have a black-and-white pattern below the eye have the colors reversed from the norm (compare the position of the dark and light stripes with the Black-throated Sparrow above). On most birds the auriculars are dark, often with a darker lower border (called a moustachial stripe since it originates near the nostrils). If there is a paler stripe below the auriculars it is on the malar (submoustachial), and there is often another dark stripe below that on the side of the throat. Woodpeckers, however, have a pale moustachial stripe originating near the nostrils and extending back along the lower edge of the auriculars. The malar (submoustachial) feathers along the side of the lower jaw are dark, and the throat is entirely pale.
Question 8
The species is:
A
Three-toed Woodpecker
B
Nuttall's Woodpecker
C
Hairy Woodpecker
D
Downy Woodpecker
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2 thoughts on “Quiz 13: Head pattern variations”

  1. The bill on the western hairy woodpecker looks huge compared to what I see in Wisconsin. Your quizzes are educational and fun. The photography has been stunningly detailed, as well.

  2. I got the Hairy Woodpecker WRONG because it seemed to have way too few white dots on the side AND I couldn’t see that white patch on his back (I’m sure because of the angle). Why does it have fewer dots than what I usually see?

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