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ABA Photo Quiz

ABA Online Bird Photo Quiz 111

Answer

Despite that we do not have much to go on with this month’s quiz, the subject is identifiable. The fact that what we can see is obviously the top-front quarter of a bird head and that the visible plumage is all iridescent green, we really have only four options: Mallard, Northern Shoveler, and Common and Red-breasted mergansers. I used this picture – or, I should say, part of the picture (the whole picture is presented below) – to encourage folks to look at two features: eye color and head shape. With those two features and the plumage coloration, we can ID this bird with certainty.
Because all four of these duck species have green heads only in males and, then, only in “breeding” plumage, we can be certain that that is the plumage that our quiz bird holds. With that, we can eliminate Northern Shoveler and Red-breasted Merganser on eye color, with the former having yellow eyes and the latter red. Discerning which of the remaining two dark-eyed options our quiz bird represents is a bit more problematic, and rests on head shape. Common Merganser has the peak of the crown in front of the eyes, while that of Mallard falls behind the eye. I took the below picture – out of which the quiz photo was selected – of a male Mallard at Cape May Point State Park, Cape May Co., NJ, on 30 November 2011.

mallard

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The following people (listed by submission date beginning with the earliest) submitted correct answers for the March Bird Photo Quiz—Mallard:

  1. Daroczi J. Szilard - Tg.-Mures, Romania
  2. Julie Desmeules - Québec
  3. Charlotte Wasylik - Alberta Canada
  4. Aaron Bilyeu - Placerville, CA
  5. Melissa G Chattaraj - Enfield, CT
  6. Rosemarie Widmer - Allendale NJ
  7. Laure Neish - Penticton, BC Canada
  8. Dan Barrigada - Guam
  9. Derek Killby - West Vancouver, British Columbia
  10. Benjamin Shamgochian - East providence, RI
  11. Michael Lester - Tucson, AZ
  12. Claude Auchu - La Pocatiere, Quebec
  13. Nathan Webb - Elba, AL
  14. Monica Nugent - New Westminster, BC
  15. Martin Sharp - Edmonton, Alberta
  16. Marcelo Brongo - Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain
  17. Graham Etherington - Norwich, UK
  18. Marie M. - Clinton Township, MI
  19. Pamela Corwin - Charleston, SC
  20. Tom Benson - San Bernardino, CA
  21. Bob Proctor - Elgin, Scotland
  22. Chloe Walker -Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  23. Michael S Levy - Centereach, N.Y.
  24. Karl Erich Mayer - Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
  25. Dean Nicholson - Cranbrook, B.C.
  26. John Rodgers - Pasadena
  27. Warren Walker - Spokane, WA
  28. Sam Manning - Omaha, NE
  29. Tom Howe - Alcoa, TN
  30. Nick Minor - Libertyville, IL
  31. Laura Hendrickson - Pittsburg, mo
  32. Peter Mooney - Jackson, NJ
  33. logan kahle - San Francisco, CA
  34. David Bell - Guelph, ON
  35. Michael Cannon - Mount Prospect, IL
  36. Josh LaCelle - Camden, New York
  37. Ruth Stearns - Lincoln
  38. Kim Savides -Chardon, OH
  39. Dustin Holschuh - Rock Falls,IL
  40. Anya Auerbach - New York, NY
  41. ashwini anand - London, KY
  42. Larry Kline - Fredericksburg
  43. Georgia Conti - Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico
  44. Darrel Wilder - Johnson City, TN
  45. greg prelich - New Rochelle, NY
  46. Robert Wilson - Salt Lake City, Ut
  47. Ben Thompson - San Juan Bautista, California
  48. Alvan Buckley - St. John's, Newfoundland
  49. Ann Gibson - Winfield, BC
  50. Josh Southern - Raleigh, NC
  51. Ian Bixby - OK
  52. Olivier Barden - Quebec City, Qc
  53. Joan Campbell - Marinette, WI
  54. A. Algazzali - Hercules, CA
  55. Don Pendleton - East Palo Alto, CA
  56. Emily Mott - Lowell, IN
  57. Larry Therrien - Belchertown, MA
  58. Linda Fink - Grand Ronde, OR
  59. Greg Zupansic - Eugene, Oregon
  60. William Rockey - Esparto, CA
  61. Greg Schrott - Avon Park, FL
  62. Patty McKelvey -Sheffield Village, Ohio; USA
  63. Billi Krochuk - Burlington, ON
  64. Lucie Bruce - Houston, TX
  65. Aspen Ellis - Ann Arbor, MI
  66. Mayn Hipp - Riverside, CT
  67. Gabe Cohen -Glinick Providence, RI
  68. Chris Warren - Austin, TX
  69. Ryan Steiner - Smithville, OH
  70. Wes Hatch - Chagrin Falls
  71. Thomas Ford-Hutchinson - Irvine, CA
  72. Ali Iyoob - Chapel Hill
  73. Gary Koehn - Colorado Sprngs, Colorado
  74. John Farley jr -. Woodland,CA
  75. Cole DiFabio - Kirtland, Ohio
  76. Andrew Aldrich - Aurora, IL
  77. Barb Duncan - Jefferson City, MO
  78. Barb Robertson - Ottawa, On., Canada
  79. Claire Miller - Fair Oaks, CA
  80. Jill Tarabul -a Peru, NY
  81. Michele Keane-Moore - Longmeadow, MA
  82. Tanya Seebacher - Kelowna, BC
  83. Jilly Rodriguez Mendez - Oaxaca, Mexico
  84. Eric Antonio Martinez - Oaxaca, Mexico
  85. Kari Barlan - Chicago, IL
  86. Sam Brunson -Savannah, Georgia
  87. Jason Coombs - Athens, GA
  88. Brendan Riley -Waterford, Mi
  89. Celestyn Brozek - Albuquerque, NM
  90. Mike Wasilco - Caledonia, NY
  91. Dave Slager - Columbus, Ohio
  92. Ludacris Al Thrasher - Altlanta, GA
  93. Tim Pinkston - Warrensburg, Missouri
  94. Annika Young - Oakville, ON
  95. Elaine MacPherson - Sierra Madre, CA
  96. Charlie Weaver - Kalkaska, MI
  97. Zachary Holderby - Penobscot, ME
  98. Rob Batchelder - Bandon, Oregon
  99. Chris Blazo - Chambersburg
  100. Nolan Walker - Murfreesboro, TN
  101. Trace - Edwardsburg, MI
  102. Oscar - Sweden
  103. Jason Kitting - Albuquerque, NM
  104. Mike Fialkovich - Pittsburgh, PA
  105. Robert Packard - Riverside, CA
  106. Terri Everett - Big Rapids, MI
  107. Stephanie Seymour - Englewood, NJ
  108. W Denison - TX
  109. David Hollie - Ringgold, GA
  110. Dana Dabov - Redlands, California
  111. Wesley Greentre -e Campbell River, British Columbia
  112. Su Snyder - Wooster, OH
  113. Gabrielle - Texas
  114. Jimmy Warren - Schwenksville, PA
  115. Andrew Guttenberg - Bozeman, MT
  116. George F. Cresswell - Colorado Springs, CO
  117. Yousif Attia - Calgary, AB
  118. Nick Newberry - Oakton, Va
  119. J. Spallin - Ottawa ON
  120. Thomas Hall - Livermore, CO
  121. victor hugo valencia - patzcuaro michoacan mexico
  122. Ed Harper - Carmichael, CA
  123. Jim Mountjoy - Galesburg, IL
  124. gary woods - Fresno, CA
  125. James McKay - Mesa, AZ



How Did You Compare?

As stated in the quiz rules, answers must consist simply of the Common or English name exactly as it appears in the ABA Checklist.

The following list shows the number of submissions for each species guessed.



Common Merganser
4
Mallard Duck
3
Falcated Duck
3
Northern Shoveler
1
Green-winged Teal
1

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The photo and answer for this quiz were supplied by Tony Leukering.