Sunday Quiz – What’s That Bird? Vernacular Names

Title Photo by Derek Keats from Johannesburg, South Africa, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Dabchick or Little Grebe (Title Photo)

Dear Readers, common birds often have a multitude of vernacular names. But can you match the name to the bird? Below is a list of local names for bird species. All you need to do is to match the name to the actual bird.

So, if you think a Cushy-Doo is a Pied Wagtail, your answer is 1) a)

Answers in the comments by 17.00 UK time on Friday 29th October please, and the results will be published on Saturday 30th October (just in time for Halloween and the UK clocks going back). I will disappear your answers when I see them, but write them down on a piece of paper if you think you might be influenced by those who went before.

Onwards, and good luck!

Vernacular Names

  1. Cushy-doo
  2. Jenny
  3. Polly Dishwasher
  4. Bonxie
  5. Windhover
  6. Willy Wix
  7. Mavis
  8. Starnel
  9. Corbie
  10. Seven-Coloured Linnet
  11. Spug
  12. Laverock
  13. Gowk
  14. Tom Tit
  15. Julie-the-bogs

Species Names 

a) Pied Wagtail
b) Starling
c) Goldfinch
d) House Sparrow
e) Blue Tit
f) Cuckoo
g) Wren
h) Raven
i) Wood Pigeon
j) Skylark
k) Great Skua
l) Kestrel
m) Song Thrush
n) Barn Owl
o) Grey Heron

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