Sunday Quiz – What’s That Feather? – The Answers!

Title Photo by Hariadhi, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Dear Readers, firstly very well done to everyone who took part this week: Claire, Joanna and Fran and Bobby Freelove all got a perfect 12/12 for their feather identification so a big round of applause is coming your way from East Finchley. I shall have to dream up something devilish for tomorrow, you’re all getting much too good. 

And secondly,  I hope that you enjoyed looking at these feathers as much as I did – they are miracles of adaptation and evolution, and differ so much from species to species, according to the bird’s requirements. They all come from the Featherbase website – links to the individual photos are at the bottom of the post. It is a most extraordinary resource, and I’m very glad to have found it!

A) 8 Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus)

B) 4) Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

C) 11) Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

D) 1) Ring-necked parakeet (Psittacula kramerii)

E) 5) Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola)

F) 9)Eurasian jay (Garrulus glandiarus)

G) 12) Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

H) 2) Magpie (Pica pica)

I) 6)Little egret (Egreta garzetta)

J) 7) Barn owl (Tyto alba)

K) 10) Blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

L) 3) Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Photo Credits 

Title photo by Title Photo by Hariadhi, CC BY-SA 3.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Featherbase links

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