Sunday Quiz – Bits of Birds – The Answers

Goodness, how well we all did this week! Our joint winners, with 16 out of 16, were Sarah and Fran and Bobby Freelove – congratulations to all. But in honourable joint second place were Alittlebitoutoffocus and Anne – 14 out of 16, and the one place where both of you tripped up was getting your sparrows and finches the wrong way round, a very understandable blip. Thank you all for playing, and if you have any particular preferences for next week’s quiz, let me know, otherwise I shall devise something fiendish.

The answers…..

1) Goldfinch

2) Juvenile Robin (cheeky I know)

3) Starling

4) Shelduck

5) Grey Heron

6) Woodpigeon

7) Jackdaw

8) Long-tailed tit

And now for the bird families. A bit more challenging I thought!

Spinifex pigeon IGeophaps plumifera) by By Andreas Trepte - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

1) Spinifex pigeon IGeophaps plumifera) – Pigeon family

Photo Two - Blue-rumped parrot Psittinus cyanurus by By Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE - Blue-rumped Parrot Psittinus cyanurus, CC BY-SA 2.0,

2) Blue-rumped parrot Psittinus cyanurus – Parrot family

Photo Three by By Jim McCulloch - Flickr: Chimney swift Chaetura pelagica) overhead, CC BY 2.0,

3) Chimney swift Chaetura pelagica) – Swift family

Photo Four by By Alastair Rae from London, United Kingdom - Black Woodpecker, CC BY-SA 2.0, Black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius)

4) Black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) – Woodpecker family

Photo Five by By Nigel Voaden from UK - Kurrichane Thrush, Sakania, DRC, CC BY-SA 2.0, Kurricane Thrush Turdus libonyana

5) Kurricane Thrush Turdus libonyana – thrush family

Photo Six by By DickDaniels ( - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Sudan Golden Sparrow Passer luteus

6) Sudan Golden Sparrow Passer luteus – Sparrow family

Lawrences goldfinch (Spinus lawrencei)

7) Lawrences goldfinch (Spinus lawrencei) – Finch family

By J.M.Garg - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, White-browed wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis

8) White-browed wagtail Motacilla maderaspatensis – Wagtail family

So, how did we all get on? I think some families are much easier to identify than others, and with some, seeing a video would probably have made it much easier (for the wagtail, for example). Anyhow, all revelation, comments and requests are greatly valued, as always. In the meantime, see you tomorrow!


8 thoughts on “Sunday Quiz – Bits of Birds – The Answers

  1. Sarah

    Yay! Not often I get top marks in a quiz. I dithered over the Finch and Sparrow too – I could have gone either way but finally decided no 7 had a finchier face.

    1. Bug Woman

      Yes! Though sparrows and some finches have a very similar diet, so I guess the bills of some of them are very difficult to tell apart. Well done you.

  2. Rosalind Atkins

    Yay! Me too! Of course I didn’t send them in … 🙂 I spotted the Finch because I thought it had a finchier beak, if that’s a thing!

    1. Bug Woman

      Well done Rosalind! And yes, you are the second person to mention the bill, so there is definitely a ‘finchy-beak’ thing going on 🙂

      1. Bug Woman

        Hah! I’m glad. I think I’m enjoying setting these quizzes as much as other people are enjoying having a bash at them.

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