ABA Photo Quiz

ABA Online Bird Photo Quiz 154

Answer

It seems obvious that this month’s quiz bird is some sort of raptor, with its large, hooked beak and extensively brown plumage.  Once amongst the raptors, we can quickly narrow our search to three species of Haliaeetus eagles, because no other ABA-area raptor species sports a bill that is so extensively yellow and because the tail is nearly entirely white.  Golden Eagles have dark or gray-and-dark bills.  (Recall that the yellow between the forehead and the bill is the cere, which is not considered part of the bill.)  Additionally, Golden Eagles never show so much white in the tail.

While we might fuss and pick over our quiz-bird’s plumage in an attempt to identify the bird, only one ABA-area raptor has a honking-big bill like that, with the top of the bill being simply an extension of the bird’s crown.  The dark tips to the tail feathers and the mottled brown, black, and white in the wings help us to narrow the bird’s age down to the one-year-old or two-years-old options, and I’m leaning toward the former.  Unfortunately, even Ferguson-Lees and Christie (2000) do not provide any clarity on that point and the bird’s folded wings in the picture do not show what would be the definitive ageing character:  the state of the process of replacing the birds juvenile flight feathers.  [Thanks to Brian Sullivan for sending me a copy of the plate from Ferguson-Lees and Christie (2000), as my copy is in New Jersey and I am not.]

Lit Cited
Ferguson-Lees, J. and D. A. Christie. 2000. Raptors of the World. Christopher Helm Publishers, Ltd., London.


I took this picture of an immature Steller’s Sea-Eagle near the mouth of the Zhupanova River, Kamchatka, Russia, on 14 July 2004.  See eBird checklist

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The following people (listed by submission date beginning with the earliest) submitted correct answers for the January 2016 Bird Photo Quiz —Steller’s Sea-Eagle:

  1. Clifford Hawley - Sacramento, CA
  2. Blake Mathys - West Mansfield, OH
  3. Sunil Gopalan - Madison, WI
  4. Matt Brady - Baton Rouge, LA
  5. Zachary Millen - Akron, PA
  6. Tom Lally - Chicago, IL
  7. Mara Weston - Sacramento, CA
  8. Dean Shoup - Golden, CO
  9. Pam Campbell - Menomonie, WI
  10. Karl Erich Mayer - Tawas City, Michigan
  11. Megan Massa - Williamsburg, VA
  12. Jerald Reb - Dover, DE
  13. Isabel Apkarian - Toronto, Ontario
  14. Rod Botkins - Louisville, KY
  15. Josh Southern - Holly Springs, NC
  16. Peter Lane - Québec, Canada
  17. Claude Auchu - La Pocatiere, Quebec
  18. Jack Rogers - Mt Pleasant, SC
  19. Joshua Glant - Seattle, WA
  20. Steve Juhasz - Mission, BC
  21. Ryan Phillips - Campbell, CA
  22. Andrew Miller - Partridge, Kansas
  23. beau schaefer - round lake beach, IL
  24. Paul Mansz - Rothesay, New Brunswick
  25. Chris Blazo - Chambersburg, Pa
  26. George Forsyth - Port Williams, NS
  27. Kyle Lima - Ellsworth, ME
  28. Don Lima - Ellsworth, ME
  29. Terri Everett - Big Rapids, MI
  30. Sam Ewing - Gainesville, Florida
  31. Bob Proctor - Elgin, Scotland
  32. Alex Wiebe - Takoma Park, MD
  33. Sam Simon - Reston, VA
  34. Anya Auerbach - New York, NY
  35. Ezra Hosch - Mahtomedi, Minnesota
  36. Alex Hale - New York, NY
  37. Celestyn Brozek - Albuquerque, NM
  38. Jack Holloway - Mesa, AZ
  39. Eric Heisey - Granger, WA
  40. Hans Luedemann - Bolton
  41. Nathan Webb - Elba, AL
  42. Hiram Herrera - Chula Vista, CA
  43. Donald Marron - Bethesda, MD
  44. Andrew Theus - Berrien Springs, MI
  45. Matthew Press - Sarasota, Florida
  46. Geoffrey Urwin - Warman, Saskatchewan
  47. Nolan Keyes - Berrien Springs,Michigan
  48. Paul Denham - Anacortes, WA
  49. Ian Ruppenthal - Davidson, NC
  50. Gordon Payne - London, Ontario
  51. Lance Runion - Little Rock, AR
  52. Greg Tito - Richmond, VA
  53. keith wimbush - crewe, cheshire, UK
  54. Stephen Joly - Kamloops, BC
  55. Anton Mach - Yardley, PA
  56. Timothy Swain - Concord, Massachusetts
  57. Nathan Dubrow - Ipswich, Massachusetts
  58. Jeremy Collison - Albany, New York
  59. Rosemarie Widmer - Allendale NJ
  60. Pam Myers - Marysville, WA
  61. Lance Verderame - Livingston Manor, New York
  62. Angus Pritchard - Decatur, GA
  63. Josh Anderson - Brooklyn Park, MN
  64. Alan Klein/Brien - Weiner Lindenhurst, NY
  65. Scott Meyer - Richfield, MN
  66. Austin Young - Filer, ID
  67. anthony tierno - smithtown, n.y.
  68. Martina Nordstrand - Indian Trail, NC
  69. Wes Serafin - Orland Park,Illinois
  70. William Rockey - Esparto, CA
  71. Kevin Hill - Lynnwood, WA
  72. Greg Zupansic - Eugene, Oregon
  73. Elliot Dziedzic - Philadelphia
  74. John Branchflower - Portland, OR
  75. Aidan Kiley - Fairfield, CT
  76. Joan Campbell - Marinette, WI
  77. Kirk LaGory - Downers Grove, IL
  78. Martin Sharp - AB
  79. George Cresswell - Colorado Springs, CO
  80. Eugene Keferl - Brunswick, GA 31523
  81. Owen Strickland - Toronto, ON
  82. Jeffrey Graham - Jacksonville, Florida
  83. Kristen Martyn - Richmond Hill, ON
  84. Robert Packard - Riverside, CA
  85. Beko Binder - Madison
  86. Dean Nicholson - Cranbrook, B.C.
  87. Robert Jilek - Belmont, MA
  88. Jonathan Frodge - Cincinnati, Ohio
  89. Christian Hagenlocher - Gig Harbor
  90. Gayle McKay - Columbus, Ohio
  91. Todd Alfes - Kalamazoo, MI
  92. Brad Hammond - Wilder, Idaho
  93. Isaac - Kamloops, BC
  94. Ed Harper - Carmichael, CA
  95. Madalyn Yochem - Corpus Christi, TX
  96. Traci Van Tine - North Branch, MI
  97. Maurice Bertrand - El Mirage, AZ
  98. Jackie Allison - Nipomo, California
  99. eric neimanis - ontario, canada
  100. Yinan Li - Dallas, TX
  101. Lauren Miles - Brooklyn, NY
  102. Ryan Holmes - Oakland, CA
  103. Ryan Zucker - New York, NY
  104. Caroline Martin - Calgary, AB
  105. Brennan Obermayer - Peterborough, ON
  106. Avery Chan - Oviedo, Florida
  107. Evan Lipton - Milton, MA
  108. Dustin Holschuh - Peoria,Illinois
  109. Liam Tsao - Madison, Wisconsin
  110. Darlene Feener - Pahrump, Nevada
  111. Nick Varvel - Hays, Kansas
  112. Aaron Polichar - San Diego, CA
  113. Alex Lin-Moore - New Haven
  114. Cathy Sheeter - Oradell
  115. Bobby Brown - Montoursville, PA
  116. Jason Sullivan - Kettering, OH
  117. D Zachary Phipps - Brookville, Ohio
  118. Robert Mottershead - Jenkintown, PA
  119. Daniel Palmer - Oakland, California
  120. Jan Jørgensen - Kalmar Sweden
  121. John Habig - Carlisle, OH
  122. Bruce Dralle - Lookout Mountain Tennessee
  123. Grant Canterbury - Portland, OR
  124. Nick Minor - Libertyville, IL


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.



Bald Eagle
33
Golden Eagle
11
White-tailed Eagle
8
Rough- Legged Hawk
1
Harris's Hawk
1
Crested Caracara
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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