ABA Photo Quiz

ABA Online Bird Photo Quiz 168


This month’s quiz bird’s most-obvious feature is a contrastingly yellow rump.  Logically, one might immediately jump to the only ABA-Area species with that feature in its name, Yellow-rumped Warbler, as there are very few species sporting such an iconic field mark.  However, this is the ABA online photo quiz, and we have to take things more methodically.  Fortunately.

Yes, Yellow-rumped Warbler sports a bright and strongly contrasting yellow rump in nearly all plumages (juvenile – aka first basic – plumage being the exception).  Unfortunately, there are some 19 other ABA-Area species that exhibit some yellow on the rump that more or less contrasts with a darker back and/or tail in one plumage or other.  Of these, only six are warblers.  Let’s tackle the non-warblers first, as our bird certainly gives the feeling of being small like a warbler.  Bananaquit; Western Tanager; Yellow Grosbeak; Orchard, Altamira, Spot-breasted, Audubon’s, Scott’s, Streak-backed, and Bullock’s orioles; Evening Grosbeak; and White-winged Crossbill all have more white on the wing than exhibited by our quiz bird (which has, essentially, none).  The other two, Black-vented Oriole and Red Crossbill lack the white in our quiz bird’s tail.

That leaves us with five warblers other than Yellow-rumped to rule out to get to the correct ID.  Although our quiz bird’s wings have only a dull pattern to them, that’s still more pattern than that shown by Virginia’s and Nashville warblers.  Magnolia and Yellow-rumped Warblers typically exhibit obvious wing bars that are much whiter than our quiz bird’s tan or buff wing bars.  Cape May Warbler has a yellow rump patch much like our quiz bird’s.  Adult males, though, sport an obvious white wing panel.  The dullest of immature female Cape Mays, which could approach our quiz bird’s wing pattern, would not show anywhere near this bright and contrasting of a rump patch.

Tail pattern in warblers is exceedingly useful in ID endeavors and I strongly recommend learning them (the Peterson Warblers book by Dunn and Garrett has a superb plate of such, and The Warbler Guide treats the topic thoroughly).  Unfortunately for this quiz photo, its subject is missing most of its tail, with, apparently, only the outermost three rectrices on the left side being retained from some near-disaster.  Finally in this vein, if that innermost of the remaining rectrices were also missing, the pattern of a large white tail corner would be obvious and would have enabled immediate ID on that feature.

I took this picture of not-quite-fully-plumaged Western Palm Warbler at Pt. Pinos, Monterey County, California, on 9 November 2015 (see the eBird checklist).


The following people (listed by submission date beginning with the earliest) submitted correct answers for the March 2017 Bird Photo Quiz —Western Palm Warbler:

  1. Jeffrey Kyron Hanson - PITTSFIELD
  2. Clifford Hawley - Sacramento, CA
  3. Isabel Apkarian - Toronto, Ontario
  4. Carlos Ross - Austin, TX
  5. Joseph Bourget - Brimfield, MA
  6. Anya Auerbach - New York, NY
  7. Adriana L - Delaware, OH
  8. Suzanne Labbe - Qc
  9. Claude Auchu - La Pocatière
  10. Kristen Johnson - Haverford, PA
  11. Amy Courtney - Juneau, AK
  12. Caroline Lambert - Canmore, AB
  13. Malcolm Gold - Overland Park, KS
  14. Nathan Webb - Enterprise, AL
  15. Blair Dudeck - Cassidy, British Columbia
  16. Isaiah Nugent - Bellingham, WA
  17. Shane Brown - Granville
  18. Willy Hutcheson - Concord, MA
  19. Chloe Walker - Murfreesboro, TN
  20. Elliot Schunke - Tallahassee, FL
  21. Bob Proctor - Elgin, Scotland
  22. Jill Kaminski - Bonita Springs, FL
  23. Jordan Spindel - New York, NY
  24. Jim Hully - Grayslake, IL
  25. William Rockey - Esparto, CA
  26. Terri Everett - Big Rapids, MI
  27. Mark Pagliarini - Newport, ri
  28. Karl Erich Mayer - Tawas City, Michigan
  29. Jack Rogers - Mount Pleasant, SC
  30. Darrel Wilder - Sun Lakes, AZ
  31. Nick Dorian - Medford, MA
  32. Jason Vassallo - Seattle
  33. Jason Ward - Atlanta, Georgia
  34. John Reynolds - Belcarra, British Columbia
  35. Ryan Zucker - New York, NY
  36. Kaylin Ingalls - Kirkland, WA
  37. Joshua Glant - Seattle, WA
  38. John McConnell - Shawnee
  39. Robb Hamilton - Long Beach, CA
  40. Avery Chan - Oviedo, Florida
  41. Isaac - Kamloops, BC
  42. Aiden Moser - Henniker, NH
  43. Kent Fiala - Hillsborough, NC
  44. Cynthia Hudson - Alberton, MT
  45. tom graham - seabrook nh
  46. Robert Lockett - Portland, Oregon
  47. Todd Alfes - Kalamazoo, MI
  48. Erica Rutherford - Oakland, CA
  49. Robert McCarthy - Satellite Beach
  50. Timothy Swain - Concord, Massachusetts
  51. Patrick Newcombe - Potomac
  52. Matthew Press - Sarasota, FL
  53. Wes Hatch - Roswell, GA
  54. Sally Michaud - Chattanooga, TN
  55. eddie kasper - Western Springs Il
  56. Gavin Aquila - Stewartsville, New Jersey
  57. Kevin Ebert - Chevy Chase
  58. Connor Charchuk - Edmonton, AB
  59. Cole G. - Vancouver, BC
  60. Jared Parks - Easton
  61. Nick Mrvelj - Portland, OR
  62. Matthew Dufort - Seattle, WA
  63. Josh Southern - Holly Springs, NC
  64. David Tonnessen - Colorado Springs, CO
  65. Ryan Zucker - New York, NY
  66. Robert Packard - Riverside, CA
  67. David Hollie - Ringgold, GA
  68. Jeff Graham - Orange Park, FL
  69. Reid Hildebrandt - Yellowknife, NT
  70. Walker Catlett - Charlottesville, VA
  71. Aiden Dartley - Ridgewood
  72. Andy Eckerson - Dighton, MA
  73. Kyle Lima - Ellsworth, ME
  74. kris tyner - clearlake oaks, california
  75. Eli Hershberger - Sugarcreek OH
  76. Kim - Silver Spring, MD
  77. Adonis Belize - Bowie, MD
  78. Brennan Obermayer - Fredericton, NB
  79. Celestyn Brozek - Albuquerque, New Mexico
  80. Jordan Spindel - New York, NY
  81. Nick Minor - Saint Paul
  82. Bridget Spencer - Vancouver, BC
  83. Hallie Mason - New Philadelphia, Ohio
  84. Fred Sladen - Bradford, NH
  85. Chris Sloan - Nashville, TN
  86. Ed Harper - Carmichael, CA
  87. Wayne Meyer - Denison, TX
  88. Blake Mathys - West Mansfield, OH
  89. Richard Cissel - Carney, MD
  90. Mike Fialkovich - Pittsburgh, PA
  91. Andrew Theus - Savannah, GA
  92. Isaac Hosch - Mahtomedi, MN
  93. Robert Lockett - Portland, Oregon

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.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Colima Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Virginia's Warbler
Rock Wren
Western Kingbird
Blackpoll Warbler
Hooded Warbler
House Finch
Magnolia Warbler







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