Quiz: bird ID

Quiz 20: Wings, long and narrow

This quiz groups some relatively long and narrow wings. Pay special attention to subtle differences in shape, and bold white patterns. With thanks to the online wing collection of the Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound for allowing the use of these photos.

All wings are the same, in some ways

Here is a quiz with three very different wings, and a detailed explanation follows (don’t peek). With thanks to the online wing collection of the Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound for allowing the use of these photos.

Quiz 18: Blue bird parts

This quiz shows just parts of three different blue birds. Try to identify the species while seeing only part of the body. 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.

Off to Belize

I’ll be away in Belize for the next week or so, leading a trip for Mass Audubon, and in anticipation of that I’ve posted a photo of one of the most iconic birds of Belize, taken on my last trip there in 2009.

Quiz 6: Bird weight

Below is a chance to test your knowledge of bird size, by selecting the heavier species in each of five pairs of birds. Weight, or apparent bulk, is one of the key factors in our impressions of overall size, and it’s helpful to think about it explicitly. Watch the birds at your bird feeder or …

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New feature: a bird identification quiz

Identify the species shown in each photo by clicking the multiple choice answers. I hope to make short quizzes like this a regular feature of this website, so please leave feedback on what you like or dislike about it. Thanks!