ABA Photo Quiz

ABA Online Bird Photo Quiz 138

Answer

Some participants this month may have figured that, with my reminder about the rules, this quiz was more nomenclatural than strictly for identification. Certainly, the quiz bird’s bright blue, yellow, green, and a hint of orange-red – covering the primary-colors gamut – must make this not-so-wee beastie a parrot. Once among the “countable” (minor rationale for the rules reminder) ABA-area parrots, of which there are just nine, the various features visible of our quiz bird leave not fewnchoices.

Relative to the size of the vegetation, we can rule out the wee parrots – Budgerigar and Rosy-faced Lovebird (various plumage features also rule out both species). Our bird’s blue chest and red thighs rule out Monk Parakeet. And Green Parakeet. And White-winged Parakeet. And Red-crowned Parrot. The blue chest (but not the red thighs) rules out Thick-billed Parrot. Since there are no digital color pictures of wild Carolina Parakeets, we can rule that species out (though our bird’s lack of considerable yellow on the head might just do the trick, too).

The above wholesale elimination of other options leaves us with Aratinga nenday as the solution to the September 2014 ABA online quiz. But, now comes the primary reason for the rules reminder. For those submitting the scientific name as the answer, as long as you got it right, you’re in. However, some ABA-area field guides provide an English name for our quiz bird different from the official one. Hopefully, everyone made sure of the rules and of this species’ official (ABA-area official, anyway, which, for this quiz, is the only “official” that counts) English name.

I took this picture of a Nanday Parakeet in Largo, Pinellas Co., FL, on 20 February 2014.

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

  1. J. Kyron Hanson - Pittsfield, MA
  2. Tom Lally - Chicago, IL
  3. Michael Lester - Tucson, AZ
  4. "Daroczi J. Szilard " - Tg.-Mures, Romania
  5. Gyekeny Gertrude - Arad, Romania
  6. Wayne Meyer - Denison, TX
  7. Nick Block - Easton, MA
  8. Allison Miller - Sanford, FL
  9. Alyssia Church - Pine Grove Mills, PA
  10. David Hollie - Ringgold, GA
  11. Tom Ford-Hutchinson - Irvine, CA
  12. Alex Wiebe - Takoma Park, MD
  13. David Rankin - Riverside, CA
  14. Kent Fiala - Hillsborough, NC
  15. Bridget - Vancouver, BC
  16. Irvin Louque - Lake Charles, LA
  17. Oliver Griffin - Lothian, Maryland
  18. Kern Freesland - Owings, md
  19. Kevin Colley - New Orleans, LA
  20. Cathy Sheeter - Aurora, CO
  21. Alec Hopping - Littleton
  22. Rahul Mukherjee - Sandy, Utah
  23. Bob Proctor - Elgin, Scotland
  24. Mark Burns - St. Petersburg, FL
  25. Karl E Mayer - Tawas City, Michigan
  26. William Rockey - Esparto, CA
  27. Hannah Tripp - King George, VA
  28. Greg Schrott - Avon Park, FL
  29. Amy Darling - Denver, CO
  30. Greg Zupansic - Eugene, Oregon
  31. Matthew Press - Sarasota, Florida
  32. Caroline Biel - Toronto, Ontario
  33. Claude Auchu - La Pocatiere, Quebec
  34. Samuel Ewing - Gainesville, Florida
  35. William von - Herff Ottawa, Ontario
  36. Nina Sitra - Sugar Land, TX
  37. Barb Duncan - Jefferson City, MO
  38. Celestyn Brozek - Albuquerque, NM
  39. Brian Menker - Dayton, OH
  40. Justyn Stahl - San Clemente Island, CA
  41. Terri Everett - Big Rapids, MI
  42. Blake Mathys - West Mansfield, OH
  43. Chloe Walker - Murfreesboro, TN
  44. John Hammond - Durham, NC
  45. Steve Scholnick - Rockville, MD
  46. Kristen Martyn - Richmond Hill, ON
  47. Patty McKelvey - Sheffield Village, Ohio
  48. Patrice Domeischel - Setauket, NY
  49. Nick Newberry - Oakton, Va
  50. Anya Auerbach - New York, NY
  51. Kevin Hill - SHORELINE, WA
  52. Andy Eckerson - Massachusetts
  53. Tim Katafias - Grand Blanc, MI
  54. Jack Rogers - Mt Pleasant
  55. Barb Robertson - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  56. Chris Sloan - Nashville, TN
  57. Brad Hammond - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  58. Laure Neish - Penticton, BC
  59. Linda Fink - Grand Ronde, OR
  60. Logan Kahle - San Francisco, CA
  61. Evan Dalton - Belchertown, MA
  62. Austin Young - Filer, ID
  63. Linda Pittman - Wilton, CA
  64. Kai Shaikh - Pittsburgh, PA
  65. Cal Walters - Piedmont, CA
  66. Mike Wasilco - Caledonia, NY
  67. Avery Chan - Oviedo, Florida
  68. John - Toronto, ON
  69. Amy Courtney - Juneau, AK
  70. John Branchflower - Portland, OR
  71. Josh Southern - Raleigh, NC
  72. Erica Rutherford - Oakland CA
  73. Jeanne Tinsman - Las Vegas, NV
  74. Joseph Miller - Nickerson, Kansas
  75. George Cresswell - Colorado Springs, CO
  76. Beko Binder - Davis
  77. Dawn Huss - Encinitas, CA
  78. Stephen Joly - Kamloops, BC
  79. Andrew Sigerson - Valdivia, Chile
  80. Andrew Lodge - Columbus, Ohio
  81. Caleb Ewing - Gainesville, FL
  82. Linda Swanson - San Francisco, CA
  83. Austin Hill - Richardson, TX
  84. Michael McCarty - Valrico, FL 33596
  85. Pam Myers - Marysville, WA
  86. Martin Sharp - Edmonton, Alberta
  87. Ed Harper - Carmichael, CA


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.



Black-hooded Parakeet
16
Monk Parakeet
3
Hammond's Flycatcher
3
Thick-billed Parrot
2
Rose-ringed Parakeet
1
Swallow-tailed kite
1
 
 
 


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