Saturday Quiz – Little Brown Jobs

Photo One by Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Female red-backed shrike (Lanus collurio)(Photo One)

Dear Readers, the world is full of little brown birds that are difficult-ish to identify. Sometimes they are females or juveniles who are anxious not to attract the attention of bird watchers, but sometimes they are just made that way. So, how good are you at identifying the less showier birds that pop up in our gardens? It’s nice and simple this week – just match the photo to the name (after all your hard work last week I thought I’d give you all a break).

All answers in the comments by 5 p.m. UK time next Thursday please if you want to be marked. As usual, write your answers down old-school on a piece of paper before you pop them onto the blog if you don’t want to be influenced by those who have come before. And above all, have fun, because I certainly enjoy creating these quizzes. It’s so much easier when you have all the answers 🙂

So, if you think bird 1 is a nightingale, your answer is 1) A. Good luck!

A) Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos)

B) House sparrow (Passer domesticus)

C) Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes)

D) Chiffchaff (Phyllosopus collybita)

E) Corn Bunting (Emberitza calandra)

F) Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)

G) Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus)

H) Blackbird (Turdus merula)

I) Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)

J) Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)

K) Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

L) Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata)

M) Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

N) Spotted flycatcher (Muscicapa striata)

O) Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)

Photo One Jacob Spinks from Northamptonshire, England, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Two by Steve Garvie at


Photo Three by Zeynel Cebeci, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Four by Rory from Glasgow, United Kingdom, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Five by Frank Vassen from Brussels, Belgium, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Six by Matt Prosser, CC BY 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Seven by Charles J Sharp, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Eight by Alpo Roikola, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Nine by cheloVechek / talk, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Ten by Andreas Trepte, CC BY-SA 2.5 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Eleven by David Friel, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Twelve by Ken Billington, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Thirteen by Francesco Veronesi from Italy, CC BY-SA 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Fourteen by Stefan Berndtsson, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Fifteen by Charles J Sharp, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons




5 thoughts on “Saturday Quiz – Little Brown Jobs

  1. Molly Pegg

    1. H
    2. G
    3. E
    4. J
    5. C
    6. M
    7. N
    8. O
    9. A
    10. D
    11. B
    12. F
    13. L
    14. K
    15. I

    This is my first quiz, my dad sent it to me knowing I love birds. I’ll be following your blog now I’ve found you.


  2. Rosalind Atkins

    You have a major achievement to your name this week! My husband is not especially enthusiastic about quizzes, and particularly about those where he feels ignorant. But I am equally ignorant about little brown birds, and managed to keep him involved for just long enough to make the requisite number of links in this quiz! We are both agreed on one thing, though. We are definitely going for the wooden spoon – could you please let us know if we get that? ;0

    Here are our suggestions:
    1 Spotted Flycatcher
    2 Blackbird
    3 Corn Bunting
    4 Treecreeper
    5 Wren
    6 Chiffchaff
    7 Sedge Warbler
    8 Redstart
    9 Nightingale
    10 Ring Ouzel
    11 House Sparrow
    12 Blackcap
    13 Dartford Warbler
    14 Dunnock
    15 Whitethroat


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