Quiz 21: Wing patterns

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With thanks to the online wing collection of the Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound for allowing the use of their wing photos.

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



White wing patches 1

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Question 1
The species is:
A
Baltimore Oriole
B
Spot-breasted Oriole
C
Altamira Oriole
D
Bullock's Oriole
Question 2
The big solid white patch on the wing is on the:
A
Secondaries
B
Primary coverts
C
Secondary coverts
D
Scapulars
Question 2 Explanation: 
The white patch includes all of the median coverts and most of each greater secondary covert. When the wing is folded the broad white edges on each greater covert conceal the black parts of those feathers, although you can still see the ghost of the black parts showing through. Similarly, narrower white edges on the secondaries and tertials merge when the wing is folded to form a white streak back towards the tail.
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1 thought on “Quiz 21: Wing patterns”

  1. I have always wanted to learn more about birds, so I took this quiz for fun and got both right with intuitive guessing.
    I think I’m gonna learn more. Thank you for your website

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