Quiz 15: The submoustachial

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Regardless of what you call them – submoustachial, malar, jaw stripe, mandibular stripe – the feathers along the side of the lower jaw are important for identification. Being able to distinguish this group of feathers, and confidently describe their color, is one of the trickiest and most useful skills in understanding head feathers.

Hopefully this short quiz will help.

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.

The color of the submoustachial

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Question 1
The submoustachial of this Tropical Parula is:
A
gray
B
yellow
C
black
Question 2
The submoustachial of this Northern Parula is:
A
gray
B
yellow
C
black
Question 2 Explanation: 
The photos below show these two species in song, and with the bill open it is easier to see that the Northern Parula has dark color extending down onto the side of the lower jaw, below the mouth, while the Tropical has only yellow feathers below the corner of the mouth.
Northern Parula
Tropical Parula
Question 3
The submoustachial of this Nashville Warbler is:
A
gray
B
yellow
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2 thoughts on “Quiz 15: The submoustachial”

  1. Robert Hughes

    Isn’t the explanation for question 2 backwards? Tropical Parula has yellow color extending down onto the side of the lower jaw, below the mouth, while the Northern has only gray feathers there.

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