Quiz 29: Comparing bird weights

Today’s quiz revisits the challenge of comparing bird weights. In the field we get a sense of the “bulk” of a bird, and that is a very important part of judging overall size. Learning the actual weight can be a great help in making those comparisons.

For example, Hutton’s Vireo and Ruby-crowned Kinglet look very similar, and are about the same length, but the vireo weighs almost twice as much!

If you are aware of this you might notice it in the way the bird moves, the way a twig shakes as the bird hops on and off, and other clues that will allow an instant identification.

Test yourself and learn from the questions below.

More Bird Weights

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Question 1
Which species weighs more?
Cedar Waxwing
Lazuli or Indigo Bunting
Question 1 Explanation: 
Cedar Waxwing 31g --- Indigo or Lazuli Bunting 15g
Question 2
Which species weighs more?
Yellow Warbler
American Goldfinch
Question 2 Explanation: 
Yellow Warbler 9.3g --- American Goldfinch 13g
Question 3
Which species weighs more?
Common Nighthawk
Mourning Dove
Question 3 Explanation: 
Common Nighthawk 62g --- Mourning Dove 120g
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