Backyard Birds Quiz


By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

So you think you know our warbler from your finch, your gull from your tern, your lesser goldfinch from your ... morer goldfinch? Impress friends and fowl alike by acing this backyard bird quiz.

We usually think of the oriole as a bird located on the East Coast, but where does the hooded oriole hang out?

The pretty yellow-orange bird likes chilling in palms.


What chickadee makes its home in the southeast?

The Carolina chickadee is grey.


What bird -- that makes its home all over the United States -- is commonly called a buzzard?

Although black and turkey vultures do hang out together.


What does a turkey vulture do when threatened?

I mean, who doesn't back off when confronted with puke?


The purple finch is what color?

Hardly seems fair, to the backyard birder.


What is it called when someone imitates a bird call to attract our winged friends?

Yup, next time you're whistling or making weird guttural noises at a bird, you'll be pishing.


What group of birds will all quickly fly en-masse to a tree if you disturb a group?

The flock might also sharply tweet at you.


The American crow is super common, but what other type of crow is nearly identical?

It's pretty much impossible to identify them, unless you're some kind of crazy bird genius.


If you're hearing an owl during the day, you might be listening to:

Unlike other owls, you might hear the barred owl calling during the day.


Anna's hummingbird:

Anna's hummingbird sticks close to the West Coast; Anna must not live far from the beach as well?


The evening grosbeak is so-named because:

However, the call is rarely heard in general.


The bronzed cowbird looks zombie-like due to its:

If you're looking for bird that might pass for Satan's pet, the bronzed cowbird is your guy.


A hairy woodpecker "drums" at roughly:

A good rhythm section


What is the longer name of regular old pigeons, seen all over the U.S.?

Columba livia, for those who want to practice their Latin


Is the pigeon native to the U.S.?

Nope, it came over with Eastern Europeans.


The scarlet tanager is:

Females are never red, and males are only red during breeding season.


A yellow-bellied sapsucker is:

I wouldn't call a hulking stranger a yellow-bellied sapsucker, however.


You might recognize the titmouse by its:

It's grey crest makes for a nice little hairdo.


The Stellar's Jay call is:

Alternate question: What backyard bird is most likely to make you run screaming from its annoying call?


Which mallard sex has an emerald head?

The male mallard duck has the metallic green head.


The indigo bunting male:

Okay, you deserve an easy one.


In the last couple decades, California gulls went from a population of 400 to how many in San Francisco Bay?

And they'll all try to steal your picnic from you.


What hawk can occasionally appear totally white?

The red-tailed hawk is prone to albinism.


The California and Gambel quail both have:

The cute little plume looks like the kind of fascinator a fancy British person would wear to a royal wedding.


We often think of magpies as strictly black and white but they often display color:

The iridescent blue/green can be seen in some light.


The lesser goldfinch:

"Lesser" describes the somewhat smaller size, and isn't a judgment on the bird.


Which is the heavy metal rock band name and NOT the name of a bird?

Hawkwind is a heavy metal act from the United Kingdom.


What robust bird has now been introduced to Western Europe?

The goose was a North American native, but has made its way to Europe.


What's the common sparrow you probably see at your backyard feeder?

You'll probably hear both of them in your backyard, too.


The Pine Warbler:

If you see the small, yellow or olive warbler in a pine, it just may be the pine warbler.


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