Backyard Birds Quiz

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Backyard Birds Quiz
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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 southwest of the U.S.
The pretty yellow-orange bird likes chilling in palms.
the northwest
the plains states

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What chickadee makes its home in the southeast?
brown chickadee
the Carolina chickadee
The Carolina chickadee is grey.
grey chickadee

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What bird -- that makes its home all over the United States -- is commonly called a buzzard?
black vulture
turkey vulture
Although black and turkey vultures do hang out together.
harpy

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What does a turkey vulture do when threatened?
emits a screeching squawking yell
goes straight for your hair
vomits
I mean, who doesn't back off when confronted with puke?

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The purple finch is what color?
blue
red
Hardly seems fair, to the backyard birder.
purple

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What is it called when someone imitates a bird call to attract our winged friends?
annoying everyone
slinging
pishing
Yup, next time you're whistling or making weird guttural noises at a bird, you'll be pishing.

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What group of birds will all quickly fly en-masse to a tree if you disturb a group?
crows
juncos
The flock might also sharply tweet at you.
hummingbirds

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The American crow is super common, but what other type of crow is nearly identical?
Northwestern crow
fish crow
both
It's pretty much impossible to identify them, unless you're some kind of crazy bird genius.

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If you're hearing an owl during the day, you might be listening to:
snowy owl
screech owl
barred owl
Unlike other owls, you might hear the barred owl calling during the day.

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Anna's hummingbird:
belongs to Anna; leave it alone
is common on the East Coast
can be seen on the West Coast year-round
Anna's hummingbird sticks close to the West Coast; Anna must not live far from the beach as well?

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The evening grosbeak is so-named because:
its call was thought to be heard in the evening
However, the call is rarely heard in general.
its only seen at dusk
its breast colors are sunset-y

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The bronzed cowbird looks zombie-like due to its:
sash of red across its throat
red eyes
If you're looking for bird that might pass for Satan's pet, the bronzed cowbird is your guy.
ability to play dead

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A hairy woodpecker "drums" at roughly:
20 times in 5 seconds
a beat a second
26 beats per second
A good rhythm section

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What is the longer name of regular old pigeons, seen all over the U.S.?
gray pigeon
rock pigeon
Columba livia, for those who want to practice their Latin
lemming pigeon

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Is the pigeon native to the U.S.?
yes
to some parts
no
Nope, it came over with Eastern Europeans.

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The scarlet tanager is:
sometimes red
Females are never red, and males are only red during breeding season.
never red
yellow

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A yellow-bellied sapsucker is:
a woodpecker
I wouldn't call a hulking stranger a yellow-bellied sapsucker, however.
a finch
a terrific insult

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You might recognize the titmouse by its:
mohawk
It's grey crest makes for a nice little hairdo.
squeak
get your mind out of the gutter

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The Stellar's Jay call is:
screeching and screaming
Alternate question: What backyard bird is most likely to make you run screaming from its annoying call?
melodious and clear
nonexistent

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Which mallard sex has an emerald head?
both
female
male
The male mallard duck has the metallic green head.

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The indigo bunting male:
is a bright red color
is a bright blue color
Okay, you deserve an easy one.
is a bright purple color

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In the last couple decades, California gulls went from a population of 400 to how many in San Francisco Bay?
over 20,000
And they'll all try to steal your picnic from you.
over 10,000
over 5,000

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What hawk can occasionally appear totally white?
sharp-shinned hawk
Cooper's hawk
red-tailed hawk
The red-tailed hawk is prone to albinism.

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The California and Gambel quail both have:
white collars
green breasts
teardrop head plumes
The cute little plume looks like the kind of fascinator a fancy British person would wear to a royal wedding.

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We often think of magpies as strictly black and white but they often display color:
on the top of their heads
on their wings
The iridescent blue/green can be seen in some light.
on their feet

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The lesser goldfinch:
is smaller than the American goldfinch
"Lesser" describes the somewhat smaller size, and isn't a judgment on the bird.
is just not as good as the American goldfinch
has less feathers than the American goldfinch

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Which is the heavy metal rock band name and NOT the name of a bird?
Thrasher
Bushtit
Hawkwind
Hawkwind is a heavy metal act from the United Kingdom.

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What robust bird has now been introduced to Western Europe?
Canada goose
The goose was a North American native, but has made its way to Europe.
the robin
the bald eagle

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What's the common sparrow you probably see at your backyard feeder?
American Tree sparrow
song sparrow
both
You'll probably hear both of them in your backyard, too.

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The Pine Warbler:
only eats pine needles
builds its nest in pine trees
If you see the small, yellow or olive warbler in a pine, it just may be the pine warbler.
refuses to get near pine trees

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