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ABA Photo Quiz

ABA Online Bird Photo Quiz 122

Answer

From the juxtaposition of quiz bird and foliage parts, we can discern that our subject is a fairly wee thing. The colorful flight-feather fringes on both wings and tail and the two wing bars help to rule out all of the non-passerines and an awful lot of the passerines. There also seems to be the suggestion of an eye ring and the legs are blackish.

Those wing bars and the tail pattern might lead us to the Parulidae, but the bird’s overall coloration appears fairly drab and most wing-barred New World warblers, even the drabbest of females, usually sport more color and/or pattern than does this bird. Notable exceptions include Pine Warbler and, well, Pine Warbler. Did I mention Pine Warbler? That species also sports an eye ring of sorts, so it would make a reasonable ID contender for our quiz bird. Unfortunately for an ID of Pine Warbler, our bird’s lower wing bar is at least as bright white as the upper one (which only peeks out from under other coverts) and the flight-feather fringes on the quiz bird are obviously yellow-green, a feature at odds with the gray fringes of Pine Warbler.

Eye rings may cause us to think of vireos, and eye-ringed vireos are also wing-barred, so that works. However, those blackish legs are a deal-breaker for the bluish-gray-legged vireos (to say little of those bright yellow-green rectrix fringes). Those long legs – and those obvious yellow-green rectrix fringes – go a long way to ruling out those purveyors of panic, the Empidonax flycatchers. Once safely away from that section of the field guide, we might find ourselves with few viable options. Any sparrows with wing bars should show some sort of back-streaking and, once again, should not show such bright yellow-green tail-feather fringes. Orioles are out (back streaking, color, and/or, tail pattern), as are wagtails and pipits (uh, just no). As some Brit friends of mine would say, “$*^%@#$^#$$%!”

However, we might backtrack to vireos, not because the picture misrepresents our quiz bird’s leg color, but because, this wee beastie is often confused with one or two species of vireo, particularly Hutton’s. But, there’s a great field character emphasized by the angle of this picture: the black bar below the lower white wing bar. The edges of the primaries and secondaries on this species end abruptly before reaching the greater coverts and their white tips that form the lower wing bar, which is quite different from most other ABA-area wing-barred passerine species. And, since the bird does not have a complex crown pattern….

I took this picture of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet on 19 October 2004 in northern Baja California, Mexico.

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The following people (listed by submission date beginning with the earliest) submitted correct answers for the April Bird Photo Quiz—Ruby-crowned Kinglet:

  1. Alison Beringer - Bloomfield, NJ
  2. Leah Lewis - Logan, UT
  3. Warren Parker - Jacksonville, FL
  4. Christopher Taylor - Venice, CA
  5. Harmony Coriddi - Marion, NY
  6. Jon Atwood - Keene, NH
  7. Amy Hamilton - Austin, Texas
  8. Mike Stiles - Los Osos, CA
  9. Vince Cavalieri - DeWitt, MI
  10. Nathan Goldberg - Chicago, IL
  11. Chris Sloan - Nashville, TN
  12. Dean Nicholson - Cranbrook, B.C.
  13. Robert McNab - Laguna Niguel, CA
  14. Dominic Cormier - Halifax, Nova Scotia
  15. Wayne Meyer - Denison, TX
  16. Samuel Ewing - Newberry, FL
  17. Caleb Ewing - Newberry, FL
  18. Andrea Martin - Avondale, PA
  19. Larry Clarfeld - Winooski, VT
  20. Nick Minor - Libertyville, Illinois
  21. Laure Neish - Penticton, BC
  22. Michael Cannon - Mount Prospect, IL
  23. Rebecca Rolnick - Fayetteville, NY
  24. Claude Auchu - La Pocatiere, Quebec
  25. Peter Lane - Québec City, Canada
  26. Mayn Hipp - Boston, MA
  27. Karrin Burns - Oak Park, IL
  28. Jim Mountjoy - Galesburg, IL
  29. Nikki Belmonte - Roswell, GA
  30. Tom Smith - Roswell, GA
  31. Michael Miller - Chicago, Illinois
  32. Casey Ryan - Arcata, CA
  33. Eric Zabinsky - Mineral Wells, Texas
  34. Marcelo Brongo - Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain
  35. Bob Proctor - Elgin, Scotland
  36. Nikki Narduzzi - Willoughby Hills, OH
  37. Willy Hutcheson - Concord, MA
  38. Hayden Bildy - London, Ontario
  39. Emma Dickinson - Decatur, GA
  40. Chris - Victoria, BC
  41. Matthew Sabourin - Brighton
  42. Joseph Mosley - willard, MO
  43. Amy Darling - Denver, CO
  44. Linda McElvany - Williston, VT
  45. Madeleine McDonald - San Antonio, TX
  46. Debbie Sutherland - CASHMERE, WA
  47. Corey Husic - Kunkletown, PA
  48. Bruce LaBar - Tacoma, WA
  49. Sean Williams - East Lansing, MI
  50. Brian Menker - Dayton, OH
  51. Polly Pattison - Marlborough, NH
  52. James McKay - Mesa, AZ
  53. Greg Prelich - New Rochelle, NY
  54. Patti Bell - Louisville, KY
  55. David Hollie - Ringgold, GA
  56. Mike Wasilco - Caledonia, NY
  57. Alex Bairstow - Oceanside, CA
  58. William Rockey - Esparto, CA
  59. Chris Blazo - Chambersburg,PA
  60. Cheryl Caesar - Lynnwood, WA
  61. Brian Bielfelt - Santa Clarita, CA
  62. Aiden Moser - Henniker, NH
  63. Pam Myers - Santa Cruz, CA
  64. Steve Hampton - Davis, CA
  65. Kim Dohms - Shirley, BC
  66. Robert Packard - Riverside, CA
  67. lsdj potter - thorndike, me
  68. Junior Barnes - Cincinatti, Ohio
  69. Jason McGuire - London, ON
  70. Monica Nugent - New Westminster, BC
  71. Traci Van Tine - Otter Lake, MI
  72. Darrel Wilder - Johnson City, TN
  73. Joseph Miller - Nickerson, Kansas
  74. Larry Kline - Fredericksburg, VA
  75. Max Wilson - Kensington, MD
  76. Aaron Bilyeu - Placerville, CA
  77. Anne Kotowski - Villa Park, IL
  78. Lorena Siqueira - Miami, Fl
  79. Mike Freund - Seattle, WA
  80. Barb Robertson - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  81. Ann Gibson - Winfield, BC
  82. Mike Fialkovich - Pittsburgh, PA
  83. David Rankin - Biddeford
  84. Monte Taylor - Tustin, CA
  85. Lance Verderame - Livingston Manor, New York
  86. Joe Busse - Palatine, Illinois
  87. Josh Parks - Fairbanks, AK
  88. Mary Beth Stowe - McAllen, TX
  89. Joseph Bourget - Worcester, MA
  90. Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky - Bethlehem, PA
  91. Anya Auerbach - New York, NY
  92. Mary Alice Koeneke - Centreville, VA
  93. Nate McGowan - Austin, TX
  94. Nicolas Bernier - Montreal, Qc
  95. Kevin Michael - Hill Shoreline, WA
  96. Blake Mathys - West Mansfield, OH
  97. Kevin Thomas - Sacramento, CA
  98. Jason Kitting - Tijeras, NM
  99. Liam Waters - Sharon Massachusetts
  100. Colton Prins - Redcliff, AB
  101. Dominic Lavoie - Dolbeau, Quebec, Canada
  102. Steve McInnis - Columbia, SC
  103. will santa rosa, - california
  104. Marcel Such - Lyons, CO
  105. Andrew Miller - Partridge
  106. George Cresswell - Colorado Springs, CO
  107. Richard Stern Port - Williams, NS, Canada
  108. Linda Swanson - San Francisco, CA
  109. Samantha S - OH
  110. Josiah LaCelle - Camden NY
  111. Daroczi J. Szilard - Tg.-Mures, Romania
  112. Kim Gruener - Havertown, PA
  113. Mark Scheuerman - Sugar Land, TX
  114. Sarah J. Zastrow - Riverdale, MD
  115. Sam Brunson - Savannah, Georgia
  116. Else Mikkelsen - Vancouver, BC
  117. Alex Wiebe - Takoma Park, MD
  118. Alexandre Anctil - Chibougamau, Qc
  119. Meghann McLeroy - Augusta, Georgia
  120. Jack Holloway - Mesa, AZ
  121. Chloe Walker - Murfreesboro, TN
  122. Tom Partel - Chandler, Arizona
  123. Patty McKelvey - Sheffield Village, Ohio; USA
  124. Nathaniel Behl - Boulder, CO
  125. Claire Miller - Fair Oaks, CA
  126. Don Jones - Laramie, WY
  127. Greg Zupansic - Eugene, Oregon
  128. Sebastien Rioux - Quebec city, Qc
  129. Monica Berger - Brooklyn, NY
  130. Howard Sands - Eagle Point oregon
  131. Austin Young - Filer
  132. Thomas Parlapiano - Hamden, CT
  133. Andrew Baksh - New York City, NY
  134. Jack Rogers - Mt Pleasant
  135. Abril Heredia - Mexico City
  136. Kathy Brodhead - Kamiah, ID
  137. Andre Moncrieff - Berrien Springs, MI
  138. Mike Fialkovich - Pittsburgh, PA
  139. Vasanthi Balson - Columbus, OH
  140. Terri Everett - Big Rapids, MI
  141. Jim Weigand - Berkeley, CA
  142. Su Snyder - Wooster, OH
  143. Barb Duncan - Jefferson City, MO
  144. Nicholas Lund - Silver Spring, MD
  145. Claire Stuyck - Clemson, SC
  146. Linda Fink - Grand Ronde, OR
  147. Matt Janson - Charlotte, North Carolina
  148. Celestyn Brozek - Albuquerque, NM
  149. Mary Walsh - Valencia, CA
  150. Steve McInnis - Columbia, SC
  151. Bobby Walsh - Davis, CA
  152. Erica Rutherford - Oakland



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.



Golden-crowned Kinglet
6
Hutton's Vireo
6
American Goldfinch
5
White-eyed Vireo
5
Cassin's Vireo
4
Pine Warbler
3
Blue-headed Vireo
3
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
2
Pine Siskin
2
Blackpoll Warbler
1
Acadian Flycatcher
1
Lesser Goldfinch
1
Savannah Sparrow
1
 
 
 
 
 
 


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