Quiz 41: More identification by feet

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More examples of the variety of legs and feet – color and structure – that can be found among the small songbirds.

With thanks, again, to Brian E. Small for providing the beautiful photos. You can see lots more at his website.

Legs and feet of songbirds 2

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Question 1
A
Sparrow
B
Wood-Warbler
C
Vireo
D
Flycatcher
Question 1 Explanation: 
Song Sparrow - Robust legs and large sturdy feet with obvious claws are typical of the sparrows, although smaller and lighter species such as Chipping Sparrow have legs and feet similar to warblers and other small birds. Most sparrows have pale flesh-colored legs, but some are dark gray.
Question 2
A
Sparrow
B
Flycatcher
C
Wood-Warbler
D
Oriole
Question 2 Explanation: 
American Redstart - the slender legs and delicate toes are typical of wood-warblers. Leg color varies greatly between species of wood-warblers, shape is less variable, but American Redstart has relatively long legs for a warbler.
Question 3
A
Sparrow
B
Flycatcher
C
Vireo
D
Wood-Warbler
Question 3 Explanation: 
Black Phoebe - Very short legs and small delicate feet are typical of the flycatchers, which use their feet for little other than grasping a perch. All flycatchers have dark gray to black legs.
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1 thought on “Quiz 41: More identification by feet”

  1. Thanks for these quizzes on feet and legs – I often forget to pay attention to them on songbirds, and haven’t really noted the family similarities. This definitely helps me generalize more.

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