ABA Photo Quiz

ABA Online Bird Photo Quiz 128

Answer

An oddly long-legged bird is perched at the top of a distinctive tree, and its size relative to the smaller branches of the tree suggest that our quiz bird is not a small bird and, considering the legs and color pattern that we can see, not a passerine. Among the non-passerines, the long legs and, particularly, the long toes rule out most all of the waterbirds and all of the non-waterbirds. Our only real choices with those toes – particularly the ratio of toe length to overall leg length – are found among the herons and rallids (family Rallidae: rails, coots, gallinules); we can even rule out that odd crane known as Limpkin.

While I’ve seen just two rallids perched in trees (both Soras), most species can and, occasionally, do so. However, the pattern and coloration of the quiz bird’s underparts do an excellent job of ruling out all rallid options, so on to the herons. Our bird’s legs are just not long enough for any of the larger herons that we might have considered, particularly Great Blue and Tricolored, so we should look among the small herons. Cattle Egret is the shortest-legged of the ‘egrets’ and has leg length appropriate to that of our quiz bird. Of course, the color pattern that ruled out the rallids also rules out all of the egrets, regardless of leg length. It also rules out the night-herons and Chinese Pond-Heron, leaving us with just one option.

I took this picture of an adult Green Heron at Smith Point, Chambers Co., TX, on 27 August 2013.

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

  1. Andrew Aldrich - Downers Grove, IL
  2. Sunil Gopalan - Madison, WI
  3. Nate McGowan - Austin, TX
  4. Jason Wilder - Flagstaff, AZ
  5. Clifford Hawley - Sacramento, CA
  6. Michael Martin - Mount Carroll, IL
  7. Barbara Stollsteimer - Newtown, PA
  8. Kim Clark - Cambridge, MA
  9. lee crawford - durham nc
  10. Kirsten Clark - Alma, Michigan
  11. Robert Lockett - Portland, Oregon
  12. Marianne Friers - Fultonville
  13. Justyn Stahl - San Clemente Island
  14. Sarah Toner - Ann Arbor, MI
  15. Matt Brady - Baton Rouge, LA
  16. Julie Arington - Steamboat Springs, CO
  17. Kyle Aldinger - Morgantown, WV
  18. Simon Kiacz - Flushing, Michigan
  19. Elliott Gordon - Austin, TX
  20. Michael Lester - Waynesville, NC
  21. Wayne Meyer - Denison, TX
  22. David Rankin - Arundel, ME
  23. PJ Falatek - Fallbrook, CA
  24. Michael David - Altoona, PA
  25. Anthony Barrios - La Jolla, CA
  26. Charles Swift - Moscow, Idaho
  27. Chris Warren - Makawao, HI
  28. Robert McNab - Laguna Niguel, California
  29. David Hollie - Ringgold, GA
  30. Zak Pohlen - East Lansing, MI
  31. Kenny Frisch - Salt Lake City, UT
  32. ilan basrawi - New Ringgold, PA
  33. Don Jones - Middlebury, VT
  34. Christian Hagenlocher - St. Louis, MO
  35. Kent Fiala - Hillsborough, NC
  36. Larry Kline - Fredericksburg, VA
  37. Chris Kocot - Cape Coral, FL
  38. Alex Bairstow - Oceanside, CA
  39. Gordon Payne - London, ON
  40. Nina Sitra - Sugar Land, Tx
  41. Robert Strickland - Beverly Hills, Fl
  42. Scott Meyer - Richfield, MN
  43. Adrian Hinkle - Portland, OR
  44. Drew Weber - Liverpool, NY
  45. Elaine Swank - Ft. Myers, FL
  46. Claude Auchu - La Pocatiere, Quebec
  47. Nathan Goldberg - Chicago, IL
  48. karen garrett - rogers, ar
  49. Bill Stanley - Williamsburg, Ohio
  50. Don Pendleton - East Palo Alto, CA
  51. Valeri Ponzo - Sarasota, FL
  52. Justin Watts - Minneapolis, MN
  53. Karlo Antonio - Soto Huerta Summerdale
  54. Tim Lucas - Waterford, Ontario
  55. Janet Hough - Ocean City, MD
  56. Rob Fowler - McKinleyville, CA
  57. William Rockey - Esparto, CA
  58. Jeanne Tinsman - Las Vegas, NV
  59. James Petersen - Orono, Maine
  60. Elizabeth Sandys - Maumee, Ohio
  61. Erica Rutherford - Oakland, CA
  62. Bob Proctor - Elgin, Scotland
  63. pam campbell - Colfax, WI
  64. Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  65. Peter English - Austin, TX
  66. Jean Dalton - Challis, ID
  67. James Warren - Philadelphia, PA
  68. Laure Neish - Penticton, BC
  69. Justin Jones - Phoenix, AZ
  70. Frank Izaguirre - Pittsburgh, PA
  71. Michael Cannon - Mount Prospect, IL
  72. Kelly Jackson - Keyport, NJ
  73. Patty McKelvey - Sheffield Village, Ohio; USA
  74. Eamon Freiburger - LaGrangeville, NY
  75. Michael Brown - Terre Haute, IN
  76. Jon Atwood - Keene, NH
  77. Laura Bunton - Arlington, TX
  78. Mary DeLia - East Windsor, NJ
  79. Chad Ellis - OK
  80. Devon - Hillsboro, OR
  81. Karl Erich - Mayer Tawas City, Michigan
  82. Nikki Ning - Willoughby Hills, OH
  83. Kai Shaikh - Pittsburgh, PA
  84. Mike Kirkpatrick - Wimberley, TX
  85. Robert Packard - Riverside, CA
  86. Andrew Miller - Partridge
  87. Hayden Bildy - London, ON,
  88. Joseph Mosley - Raytown
  89. Matthew Fook - St.Louis,MO
  90. Eric Heisey - Granger, Washington
  91. Chris Blazo - Chambersburg, Pa
  92. Evan Janson - Dallas,TX
  93. Jack Rogers - Mt Pleasant
  94. Alex Wiebe - Takoma Park, MD
  95. Joseph Miller - Nickerson, Kansas
  96. Terri Everett - Big Rapids, MI
  97. Tom Lally - Chicago, IL
  98. Greg Schrott - Avon Park, FL
  99. Sebastien Rioux - Quebec, Qc
  100. Chloe Walker - Murfreesboro, TN
  101. wes serafin - orland pk il
  102. Jay Powell - NY
  103. Kyle Leader - Bainbridge Island
  104. Amy Darling - Denver, CO
  105. Mike Fialkovich - Pittsburgh, PA
  106. Samuel Ewing - Gainesville, FL
  107. Kyle Lima - Ellsworth, Maine
  108. Michael Kline - Fredericksburg Va.
  109. Andrea M. - Canandaigua, NY
  110. Melissa Sherwood - Gig Harbor, WA
  111. Ed Harper - Carmichael, CA
  112. Darrel Wilder - Johnson City, TN
  113. Marcelo Brongo - Sant Cugat del Vallès
  114. Martin Sharp - Edmonton, Alberta
  115. Barb Robertson - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  116. Mike Freund - Seattle, WA
  117. Mike Smeets - Lakeland
  118. logan kahle - San Francisco, CA
  119. Knut Hansen - Lexington, MA
  120. David Gibson - University City
  121. Josh Southern - Raleigh, NC
  122. Anya Auerbach - New York, NY
  123. Niko Ranta - Clackamas
  124. Kathleen Anderson - Columbia, MO
  125. Nathan Webb - Elba, AL
  126. Alice Morgan - Brookline MA
  127. Liam Waters - Sharon, MA
  128. Brad Hammond - West Palm Beach, Florida
  129. Austin Young - Filer, Idaho
  130. Jack Holloway - Mesa, AZ
  131. Melissa James - Palm Harbor, FL
  132. Dean Nicholson - Cranbrook, B.C.
  133. Ben Newton - Columbia, MD
  134. Hunter T. Phillips - Holly Ridge, NC
  135. Kim Savides - Syracuse, NY
  136. Eli Miller - Millersburg, Ohio
  137. Mayn Hipp - Boston, MA
  138. Wesley Hatch - South Euclid, OH
  139. Joshua Stevenson - Nashville, TN
  140. Brian Schiefer - Englishtown NJ
  141. Jack Esworthy - Richmond, VA
  142. Tom Ford-Hutchinson - Irvine, CA
  143. Daroczi J. Szilard - Tg.-Mures, Romania
  144. Sean Williams - East Lansing, MI
  145. Celestyn Brozek - Albuquerque, NM
  146. Barbara Duncan - Jefferson City, MO
  147. Ryan Black Blue - Bell, PA
  148. John Branchflower - Portland, OR
  149. Claude Morris - Austin TX
  150. Werner Raff Mays - Landing, NJ
  151. George Cresswell - Colorado Springs, CO
  152. Greg Prelich - Manchester, NJ
  153. Patrick Dechon - Grahamsville, NY
  154. Su Snyder - Wooster, OH
  155. Quinn McMahon - Bellingham
  156. Vicky Whitaker - Oakland City
  157. Aaron Graham - Oakland, Maryland
  158. Kevin Thomas - Sacramento, CA
  159. James McKay - Mesa, AZ
  160. Roo Slagle - Belvidere ctr Vt
  161. Chuck Carlson - Ft. Peck, MT
  162. Pete Fenner - East Peoria, IL
  163. Ron Pozzi - Granite Bay, CA
  164. Robert A. Campbell - Houston, Texas
  165. Nicolas Bernier - Montreal, Quebec
  166. Abril Heredia - Mexico City
  167. Casey Ryan - Santa Barbara, CA
  168. Anji Trujillo - Arcata, CA
  169. Claire Stuyck - Clemson, SC
  170. alec olivier - Marquette Michigan
  171. Gerry Hawkins - Arlington, VA
  172. Chad Heins - Mankato, MN
  173. Brennan Obermayer - Barrie, ON
  174. Pam Myers - Santa Cruz, CA
  175. David Aronson - Marion, Indiana
  176. David C. Smith - Owings Mills, MD
  177. Greg Zupansic - Eugene, Oregon
  178. Bobby Walsh - Davis, CA
  179. Kristen Martyn - Oak Ridges, ON
  180. Claire Miller - Fair Oaks, CA
  181. Bret McCarty - Middleburg Heights, OH
  182. hiram herrera - chula vista, ca
  183. Michael Lester - Asheville, NC
  184. Susannah Lerman - Gill, Massachusetts
  185. Elaine Nakash - Bowie, MD
  186. Mike Wasilco - Caledonia, NY
  187. Larry Burlingame - Erie
  188. Jerry Jacka - Boerne, TX
  189. Donna Summers - West Simsbury, CT



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.



Least Bittern
11
American Bittern
4
Tricolored Heron
2
Juvenile Green Heron
1
King Rail
1
Northern Jaçana
1
Corn Crake
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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