Quiz about My Garden Visitors
Quiz about My Garden Visitors

My Garden Visitors Trivia Quiz


Although I have only a small garden, it attracts a wide variety of birds. This quiz is about some of the ones I've seen.

A photo quiz by rossian. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
rossian
Time
4 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
359,089
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
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1. This bird rarely arrives singly, as it is known for forming very large flocks. Which of these is it? Hint

Jackdaw
Crow
Starling
Raven

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2. This acrobatic small bird turns up in gardens regularly to peck at nuts and fat balls. What is its scientific name, which reflects its colouring? Hint

Cyanistes caeruleus
Periparus ater
Parus major
Aegithalos caudatus

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3. This picture is of a female bird, who looks very different from her male partner. Which bird is it? Hint

Pheasant
Jay
Blackbird
Thrush

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4. This bird normally lives in the woods, where it searches tree trunks looking for food, but it does sometimes come to gardens. Which of these is it? Hint

Whitethroat
Yellowhammer
Nuthatch
Blackcap

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5. Although it is now present in the UK in large numbers, the collared dove is not a native bird. In which century did it arrive? Hint

Fifteenth
Twelfth
Twentieth
Eighteenth

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6. This small brown bird is sometimes referred to as a hedge sparrow, but what is its more usual name? Hint

Pied wagtail
Linnet
Dunnock
Goldcrest

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7. This female bird has more subdued colours than her male counterpart. Which species is she? Hint

Bullfinch
Greenfinch
Hawfinch
Chaffinch

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8. The house martin is a summer visitor to the UK. From what material does it build its nest? Hint

Twigs
Mud
Moss
Straw

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9. This small British bird has a characteristic upturned tail, and a long scientific name. Which of these is it? Hint

Troglodytes troglodytes
Corvus corax
Fringilla montifringilla
Fratercula arctica

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10. This beautiful bird is one of the most popular visitors to my garden. To which family does it belong? Hint

Finch
Bunting
Tit
Crow

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This bird rarely arrives singly, as it is known for forming very large flocks. Which of these is it?

Answer: Starling

This is an adult starling - the young have brown feathers. Although the starling's feathers look black, with white flecks, they actually have iridescent shades of purple and green when seen close up. Large flocks of starlings get together in the evenings, as they look for places to roost, producing spectacular formations in the twilight sky.
2. This acrobatic small bird turns up in gardens regularly to peck at nuts and fat balls. What is its scientific name, which reflects its colouring?

Answer: Cyanistes caeruleus

The blue tit is an all year resident in the UK, and is also known by the name Parus caeruleus. I have used the version from the RSPB website. All the names listed belong to the tit family, and have been seen in my garden at different times. Parus major, as its name implies, is the great tit - the largest member of the family. Perparus ater is the coal tit and Aegithalos caudatus is the long tailed tit, with its tail being longer than its body.
3. This picture is of a female bird, who looks very different from her male partner. Which bird is it?

Answer: Blackbird

The female blackbird is brown, with a flecked breast, while the male has completely black plumage. In addition, the male's beak is yellow and he also has a yellow ring around the eyes. The blackbird is one of the most common birds in the UK and possesses one of the best songs. Blackbirds are members of the thrush family, but thrushes have much lighter colouring, especially on the breast feathers.
4. This bird normally lives in the woods, where it searches tree trunks looking for food, but it does sometimes come to gardens. Which of these is it?

Answer: Nuthatch

The nuthatch is about the same size as a great tit, and has a very noticeable stripe running across its eye. Its normal diet is insects, nuts and seeds, and I have seen them take sunflower hearts in my garden. On tree trunks, they travel downwards and can be hard to spot as their colouring blends with the background.
5. Although it is now present in the UK in large numbers, the collared dove is not a native bird. In which century did it arrive?

Answer: Twentieth

Surprisingly, since they seem to be everywhere these days, collared doves arrived in the UK only in the 1950s, having originated in the Middle East. They have a pinkish grey plumage, with their name coming from the black feathers around the neck.
6. This small brown bird is sometimes referred to as a hedge sparrow, but what is its more usual name?

Answer: Dunnock

Although the dunnock looks similar to a sparrow, its beak is much longer and sharper than that of the house sparrow. It feeds on seeds, insects and worms, and lives in the UK all year around. The linnet also has brown plumage, but the male has a distinctive reddish breast.

The goldcrest is Britain's smaller bird, and has a yellow stripe on its head from which it gets its name. The pied wagtail is black and white, as its name implies.
7. This female bird has more subdued colours than her male counterpart. Which species is she?

Answer: Chaffinch

The male chaffinch has a range of colours, which can include red, orange, yellow, pink and purple. The female is drab in comparison, being mainly brown with some grey and green. Both male and female have distinctive white feathers in their wings, which are most noticeable in flight. The other finches are also British residents, but less numerous than the chaffinch.
8. The house martin is a summer visitor to the UK. From what material does it build its nest?

Answer: Mud

The house martin is a member of the swallow family, and has a forked tail, although this is much shorter than that of the swallow. The house martin arrives in the UK in April and departs again in the autumn to spend the winter in Africa. The bird spends most of its time in the air, catching insects, and comes to the ground only to collect the mud it needs to build its nest.

The nests are built on buildings, attached to the walls and eaves.
9. This small British bird has a characteristic upturned tail, and a long scientific name. Which of these is it?

Answer: Troglodytes troglodytes

The wren is another small bird, although the goldcrest is even smaller. It has brown feathers, with a white stripe above the eye, and eats insects. Its scientific name is often quoted as being ironic, being such a long name for a small bird. Fringilla montifringilla is the brambling and Corvus corax is the raven. Fratercula arctica is the puffin - sadly, I've never seen one of those in my back garden.
10. This beautiful bird is one of the most popular visitors to my garden. To which family does it belong?

Answer: Finch

This is the stunning goldfinch, which has some of the most attractive plumage you are likely to see. It has a red face, black tail decorated with white spots and yellow flashes on its wings, which give it its name. They are mainly seed eaters, and are especially fond of nyjer seeds which bring them to my garden regularly.

They often gather in flocks of several birds, which can be one of the most delightful sights in nature.
Source: Author rossian

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