ABA Photo Quiz

ABA Online Bird Photo Quiz 143

Answer

The very large white spots on the black tail, the wide white wing bar on a black wing, and white belly and vent region on a bird perched in a tree leave us with just one order to consider for the quiz’s solution, the Passeriformes, or passerines. The only non-passerine group with representatives of even vaguely similar size and color pattern is the woodpeckers; all such similar woodpeckers can be easily ruled out by the lack of strong points to and large white spots on the tail feathers.
On the strength of the tail pattern – dark, with large, white patches extending to the tip of at least some rectrices, we might consider members of groups as varied as the shrikes, nuthatches, gnatcatchers, wagtails, Plectrophenax buntings, and warblers, among others. However, the wing pattern and coloration rules most of those out (such as White-breasted Nuthatch and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher), as does the square shape of the white tail spots (such as Snow Bunting and White Wagtail). The white vent and belly rule out others (such as Black-and-white Warbler), the bright white tertial tips still others (such as Townsend’s Warbler), and a bit of dark streaking on the white flanks rules out most of the others (such as Loggerhead Shrike and Magnolia Warbler).
In fact, this bird’s tail pattern from underneath – a seemingly white tail bordered all around with black is consistent with few ABA-area species and given the other features visible on the quiz bird, we can quickly arrow in on the genus Pheucticus. Once there, we can not only solve the quiz, but age and sex the bird: the very black primaries are found only on adult males of the three ABA-area members of the genus.

I took this picture of an adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Wagener County Park, Huron Co., MI, on 20 May 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—Rose-breasted Grosbeak:

  1. Alyssia Church - Pine Grove Mills, PA
  2. Kristi Mayo - Kearney, Missouri
  3. Rob Fergus - Union Township, NJ
  4. Tom Ford-Hutchinson - Irvine, CA
  5. Tom Lally - Chicago, IL
  6. Abbie Valine - Carlton, MN
  7. Rob Fowler - McKinleyville
  8. Joshua Glant - Seattle, WA
  9. Blake Mathys - West Mansfield, OH
  10. Brendan Lanpher - Bethesda, MD
  11. Kimberly Emerson - Little Falls, MN
  12. Michael Lester - Salt Lake City, UT
  13. Devin Hefferon - Watertown, MA
  14. Wes Serafin - Orland Pk, Il
  15. Jeanette Bider - Norman
  16. Brian Menker - Dayton, OH
  17. Pat Paternostro - Lodi, Ca
  18. Willy Hutcheson - Concord, MA
  19. Andrew Sewell - Columbus
  20. Frederick Ruckersfeldt - Iowa City, IA
  21. Elliot Schunke - Tallahassee, FL
  22. Andrew Marden - Franklin Lakes, NJ
  23. Tim Kalbach - Clearwater, FL
  24. Kevin Ebert - chevy chase
  25. Kent Fiala - Hillsborough, NC
  26. Scottf Meyer - Richfield, MN
  27. Eric Labato - Malden, MA
  28. Joseph Miller - Nickerson KS
  29. Adam Betuel - Terre Haute, IN
  30. Ryan Andrews - Valley Center, California
  31. Chloe Walker - Murfreesboro, TN
  32. Claude Auchu - La Pocatiere, Quebec
  33. Robert Proniewych - Uniondale, New York
  34. Aiden Moser - Henniker NH
  35. Chris Blazo - Chambersburg, PA
  36. Anya Auerbach - New York, NY
  37. Paul Jantscher - Richfield, MN
  38. Oliver Griffin - Lothian, Maryland
  39. Kern Freesland - Owings, MD
  40. Nathan Webb - Elba, AL
  41. Zach Poland - Guthrie, OK
  42. Celestyn Brozek - Albuquerque, NM
  43. Eric Heisey - Granger, WA
  44. Wes Kolb - Normal, Illinois
  45. Martin Sharp - Edmonton, Alberta
  46. Steve Juhasz - Mission, BC
  47. logan kahle - San Francisco, CA
  48. William Rockey - Esparto, CA
  49. Bob Proctor - Elgin, Scotland
  50. Eli M Miller - Millersburg Ohio
  51. Terri Everett - Big Rapids, MI
  52. Andy Eckerson - Dighton, Massachusetts
  53. Noelle Wagner - Des Moines, IA
  54. Martina Nordstrand - Indian Trail
  55. Casey Ryan - Fort Wayne, IN
  56. Sean Williams - East Lansing, MI
  57. Amy Darling - Denver, CO
  58. Nick Block - Easton, MA
  59. Matthew Press - Sarasota, FL
  60. Jillian Jones - Courtenay, BC
  61. Jon Atwood - Keene, NH
  62. Andrew Keaveney - Kingston, Ontario
  63. "Daroczi J. Szilard " - Tg.-Mures, Romania
  64. Simon Kiacz - Holland, MI
  65. Robert Packard - Riverside, CA
  66. Lance Verderame - Livingston Manor, New York
  67. Isabel Apkarian - Toronto, Ontario
  68. Greg Zupansic - Eugene, Oregon
  69. Evan Lipton - Milton, MA
  70. Jack Rogers - Mt Pleasant
  71. Andrea Martin - Avondale, PA
  72. Erica Rutherford - Oakland, CA
  73. Jack Holloway - Mesa, AZ
  74. Eric Heisey - Granger, WA
  75. Mireille Barry - Québec, QC
  76. Andrew Theus - Berrien Springs
  77. William von Herff - Ottawa, Ontario
  78. Chuck Carlson - Ft. Peck, MT
  79. Gyekeny Gertrúd - Arad, Romania
  80. Danny Tipton - Albuquerque, NM
  81. Nina Sitra - Sugar Land, TX
  82. Hiram Herrera - Chula Vista, CA
  83. Claire Wayner - Baltimore, Maryland
  84. Oscar Johnson - Baton Rouge, LA
  85. Mike Wasilco - Caledonia, NY
  86. Darrel Wilder - Sun Lakes, AZ
  87. Pete Fenner - East Peoria, IL
  88. Nicole Richardson - North Bay
  89. Kristen Martyn - Richmond Hill, ON
  90. Gordon Payne - London, Ontario
  91. Wes Hatch Sandy - Springs, GA
  92. Karl Erich Mayer - Tawas City, Michigan
  93. Rosemarie Widmer - Allendale NJ
  94. Stephen Kloiber Pen - Argyl, PA
  95. Joshua Christian - Hanover, MN
  96. Wayne Meyer - Denison, TX
  97. Mike Fialkovich - Pittsburgh, PA
  98. Jared Parks - Church Hill, MD
  99. Fyn Kynd - S
  100. Todd Alfes - Grand Forks, ND
  101. David Tonnessen - Colorado
  102. Nick Newberry - Oakton, Va
  103. Josh Southern - Raleigh, NC
  104. David Hollie - Ringgold, GA
  105. Sam Ewing - Gainesville, Florida
  106. Georgia Conti - Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico
  107. Jonathan Frodge - Cincinnati, Ohio
  108. Linda Pittman - Wilton, CA
  109. Jim Weigand - Berkeley, CA
  110. Kevin Hill - Lynnwood, WA
  111. Brian E. Small - Sherman Oaks
  112. Josh Parks - Fairbanks, Ak
  113. Don Jones - Middlebury, VT
  114. M. Shortt - Banner Elk, NC
  115. John Tramontano - Warwick, Pa.
  116. Larry Kline - Fredericksburg, VA
  117. Isaiah Nugent - Bellingham, WA
  118. Cathy Sheeter - Aurora, CO
  119. Bryan - Brackettville, TX
  120. Jackie Allison - Nipomo
  121. Michael Kline - Fredericksburg Va.
  122. Madeline Alfieri - Honeoye Falls, NY
  123. Alex Hale - New York, NY
  124. Patty McKelvey - Sheffield Village, Ohio
  125. Peter Lane - Queebec, Canada
  126. Cal Walters - Piedmont, CA
  127. Max Kirsch - Granger, IN
  128. Chris Warren - Makawao, HI
  129. Michael Scott - Levy Centereach, NY.
  130. Anne Kotowski - Villa Parl, IL
  131. Don Lima - Ellsworth, ME
  132. Stephen Joly - Kamloops, BC
  133. Pam Myers - Marysville, WA
  134. Randy Lewis - Beaumont, TX
  135. Vin Zollo - Walpole, MA
  136. Miles Brengle - Ipswich, MA
  137. josh lacelle - camden, ny
  138. eli anders - queen anne, maryland


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.



Downy Woodpecker
6
Black-and-white Warbler
4
Hairy woodpecker
4
Blackpoll Warbler
3
Snow Bunting
1
Yellow-rumped Warbler
1
Painted Redstart
1
Golden-cheeked Warbler
1
Black-throated Blue Warbler
1
Clark's Nutcracker
1
 

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