Quiz about Wild Birds of Eastern US Woods and Fields
Quiz about Wild Birds of Eastern US Woods and Fields

Wild Birds of Eastern US Woods and Fields Quiz


These are the birds we saw or heard, living in rural Ohio. I hope you'll be able to recognize some too.

A multiple-choice quiz by littlepup. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
littlepup
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
384,288
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Avg Score
8 / 10
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Awards
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1. What long-tailed gray bird finds a high perch and performs a series of imitated songs, usually singing each snippet of plagiarism twice or three times before moving on to the next? Hint

indigo bunting
cardinal
bluebird
northern mockingbird

2. What bird soars above the treetops, giving an occasional scream, and is identifiable by the color of its tail? Hint

red-tailed hawk
blue-tailed hawk
pileated woodpecker
wild turkey

3. You're far more likely to hear this bird on a spring and summer night, than to see it. What birds call their name back and forth incessantly to each other, most of the night in the trees? Hint

chickadee
whip-poor-will
towhee
vireo

4. What large woodpecker is identifiable by its size, red head, black and white wings, and loud raucous call? Hint

downy woodpecker
hairy woodpecker
yellow-bellied sapsucker
pileated woodpecker

5. This little brown bird always seems to be angry about something and is determined to let everyone know, with a loud scolding voice, as it flicks its tail in the air. Do you recognize it? Hint

song sparrow
Carolina wren
red eyed vireo
chickadee

6. This big coppery-brown bird is hard to mistake for any other. It struts around on the ground in groups, clucking or gobbling, but flies to treetops if startled. What is it? Hint

red-tailed hawk
crow
wild turkey
golden eagle

7. What bright red bird with a crest lives in the eastern U.S.? The female is duller in color. Hint

woodpecker
cardinal
vireo
scarlet tanager

8. What little bird, blue with russet sides and a paler stomach, is a symbol of happiness? Hint

tufted titmouse
indigo bunting
whip-poor-will
eastern bluebird

9. This little bird, most noticable in the winter, has a familiar black cap and says its name followed by two or three repetitions of "dee." What is it? Hint

brown thrasher
pileated woodpecker
chickadee
towhee

10. This black bird with a brown head is about the size of a robin. It hangs around cattle in pastures and eats the insects they stir up. What is it called? Hint

brown-headed cowbird
crow
bluejay
mockingbird


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What long-tailed gray bird finds a high perch and performs a series of imitated songs, usually singing each snippet of plagiarism twice or three times before moving on to the next?

Answer: northern mockingbird

The mockingbird mostly wears shades of gray, but has two white patches visible when it spreads its wings. Its year-round range has been expanding northward, reaching over most of the eastern U. S. now, and the bird adapts to urban environments too. Mockingbirds are brave, chasing off predators such as cats, dogs and even humans.

There are numerous mentions in songs ("Listen to the Mockingbird") and books or stories ("To Kill a Mockingbird").
2. What bird soars above the treetops, giving an occasional scream, and is identifiable by the color of its tail?

Answer: red-tailed hawk

The red-tailed hawk is sometimes called the chickenhawk, but is happier eating rats and chipmunks than chickens. During courtship, the pair flies in circles and the male will perform dramatic dives and other aerobatics for several minutes. Once a pair mates, it generally stays mated for life, which can be 25 years or more. Red-tailed hawks are also used for falconry in the U.S.

A dog is sent out to flush game for the hawk to catch, and the hawk is then asked to trade his success for a reward of meat.
3. You're far more likely to hear this bird on a spring and summer night, than to see it. What birds call their name back and forth incessantly to each other, most of the night in the trees?

Answer: whip-poor-will

The Eastern whip-poor-will is speckled in color, giving it good camouflage even though it nests on the ground. In some places, numbers are declining for unknown reasons, but over the bird's broad range its numbers are still high, so scientists aren't worried, even though individuals are, if the chorus of whip-poor-wills fades and then disappears by their house. Numerous stories and folktails mention the bird because of its unusual endless nighttime song. James Thurber wrote a story, "Whip-poor-will," in which insomnia caused by a whip-poor-will leads to horrible consequences.
4. What large woodpecker is identifiable by its size, red head, black and white wings, and loud raucous call?

Answer: pileated woodpecker

The pileated woodpecker can't really be mistaken for any other common bird in the eastern woods. Its size and black coloration might make it pass for a crow, except for its gaudy red and white crested head and white on the wings, and the way it can perch on the side of a tree like a woodpecker. Both males and females look similar.

There are southern and northern pileated woodpeckers, and some scientists separate out Florida and western subspecies too. Like other woodpeckers, they eat grubs and other insects found in and around dead trees, drilling with their powerful beaks, creating a loud drumming sound.
5. This little brown bird always seems to be angry about something and is determined to let everyone know, with a loud scolding voice, as it flicks its tail in the air. Do you recognize it?

Answer: Carolina wren

You're more apt to hear this little wren than see it, as it likes thick bushes and is a camouflaged brown color. "Teakettle teakettle teakettle," is one call, with many scolding variations. For food, the Carolina wren eats beetles, katydids, spiders, bees, and other bugs, plus occasional small lizards or tree frogs.

There are seven similar subspecies over the eastern US range. The Carolina wren is the South Carolina state bird, since 1948.
6. This big coppery-brown bird is hard to mistake for any other. It struts around on the ground in groups, clucking or gobbling, but flies to treetops if startled. What is it?

Answer: wild turkey

Wild turkey males are much larger than females, averaging 17 lbs. compared to 9.4 lbs. in two studies. The males also have a beard of modified feathers that dangles from their chest. Both sexes can fly for distances and perch up in trees, though they don't like to fly long or high. Because they can survive on insects, grain, nuts, roots, snakes, and a wide variety of food, they don't need to go far to forage.

They can be aggressive, like domestic turkeys and geese. Numbers were down to an estimated 30,000 in the early 20th Century, but they have rebounded into the millions and hunting wild turkeys is legal.
7. What bright red bird with a crest lives in the eastern U.S.? The female is duller in color.

Answer: cardinal

The cardinal's bright red feathers show up best in winter, when it perches on a snowy evergreen branch. Sometimes called a redbird, its range is all over the eastern U.S. and even a bit west of the Mississippi, though there are many subspecies. The male is all red except for a black mask, while the female is reddish gray.

They feed mainly on seeds, nuts and fruit, with occasional insects. The female does most of the nest-building, though the male will feed the hatched young while she incubates the next set of eggs, and he may occasionally help incubate too. Pairs mate for life.
8. What little bird, blue with russet sides and a paler stomach, is a symbol of happiness?

Answer: eastern bluebird

Eastern bluebirds like to perch out in the open on wires or fenceposts, so they're usually easy to see. They like fields with bushes or light woods interspersed, and often gather in flocks. The bluebird as a symbol of happiness appears in many cultures: Chinese, Navajo, Russian.

In the U.S. and Britain, several songs in the mid 20th century tied the bluebird to happiness, including "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," "The White Cliffs of Dover," and from 1934, "Bluebird of Happiness."
9. This little bird, most noticable in the winter, has a familiar black cap and says its name followed by two or three repetitions of "dee." What is it?

Answer: chickadee

The black-capped chickadee shows up often at bird feeders in winter, or you can hear its cheery chicka-dee-dee-dee-dee call in the snowy woods. Besides a black cap, it has a black bib on its otherwise gray and white body. Chickadees feed on caterpillars more in the summer, seeds and berries more in the winter.

The Carolina chickadee, which lives in the south, looks similar, but has a "feebee feebay" call in addition to a similar "chickadee" call. Where the two species overlap in the area of the Mason-Dixon Line and westward, they interbreed.
10. This black bird with a brown head is about the size of a robin. It hangs around cattle in pastures and eats the insects they stir up. What is it called?

Answer: brown-headed cowbird

Before domesticated cattle arrived, cowbirds followed buffalo in the west. As land was cleared and cattle appeared, the cowbirds moved east. They have a musical little song but birdwatchers hate them for one habit: they lay their eggs in other birds' nests and expect them to raise the young, doing none of the work themselves. One puzzle for scientists to work on: despite the young being around the host species as they grow up, they develop typical cowbird songs and behavior, regardless what species raises them.
Source: Author littlepup

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