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ABA Photo Quiz

ABA Online Bird Photo Quiz 47

Answer

Bird Photo

Another hidden head bird? Not fair. Well, it seems that this was far easier than we thought. Just about everyone who played this quiz got the answer right—and those who didn't? Well, we suspect some nonsense was involved there.

So we do have a bird with a hidden head, but in this case we can see that it's mostly black with broad rufous edging to the tertials and greater coverts and prominent white spots to the underparts (that seem to be wearing off). As our answers show, there just aren't many birds that fit that pattern. And the one that does is a familiar backyard bird across most of the ABA area. In this case, we needn't make this harder than it was. This European Starling was photographed Ithaca, New York during January 2007.

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The following people (listed by submission date beginning with the earliest) submitted correct answers for the February Bird Photo Quiz—European Starling:

  1. Wayne Doyle, Pratt, KS
  2. Anne Brown, Durham, NC
  3. wilhelm firbas, Vienna Austria
  4. Aaron Bilyeu, Placerville, CA
  5. Don Hays, Union, MO
  6. Lori Fujimoto, Colorado Springs, CO
  7. Sam Galick, Flemington, NJ
  8. Wayne Meyer, Denison, TX
  9. Mike Wasilco, Scottsville, NY
  10. Aaron Hulsey, Smiths Grove, Ky
  11. Jessica Bruland, Damascus, MD
  12. Malkolm Boothroyd, Whaitehorse, Yukon
  13. Michael Bender, Athens, GA
  14. Petro Pynnonen, Helsinki, Finland
  15. Jenn Gillen, Minneapolis, MN
  16. Brooke McDonald, Santa Barbara CA
  17. Thomas Snetsinger, Brownsville, OR
  18. Elaine MacPherson, Sierra Madre CA
  19. Judy Klein, Whitehorse, Yukon
  20. Joshua Covill, Columbia Falls, MT
  21. Nathan Schirmacher, Princeton, MN
  22. Sam Collins, Van. BC
  23. Liz Gordon, Lewes, DE
  24. Brenban Fogarty, Garden City, NY`
  25. Eva Pratt, Inman, SC
  26. Sam Pratt, Inman, SC
  27. David Bell, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
  28. Brian McAllister, Saranac Lake, NY
  29. George Cresswell, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  30. Rob Young, Alexandria,va
  31. Denise Gordon, Oakley, CA
  32. James Colonna, Hopewell Junction, New York
  33. Ed Harper, Sacramento, CA
  34. Amanda Auger, Portland, OR
  35. Lois Goldfrank, Santa Cruz, CA
  36. Micah Malueg, Hooper, Colorado
  37. Sarah J. Zastrow, Riverdale Park, MD
  38. Dawn Corrigan, Salt Lake City, Utah
  39. John G Anderson, Reno, Nevada
  40. Nell haberman, Portland, Oregon
  41. Francesc Jutglar, Cardedeu, Spain
  42. Ethan Kistler, Newton Falls, Ohio
  43. David C. Smith, Owings Mills, MD
  44. Linda Long, Chandler, AZ
  45. Elaine Long, E. Brunswick, NJ
  46. Karen Rubinstein, New York, NY
  47. Jeremy Faucher, Enfield CT
  48. Brien Wiener and Alan Klein, Valley Stream, NY
  49. Patrick Dechon, Grahamsville, NY
  50. Joan Campbell, Marinette, WI
  51. John Boback, Morgantown, WV
  52. Julia C. Pappas, Salt Flat, TX
  53. Kelly Walters, Sandy, Utah
  54. Laura Coble, Cannon Falls, MN
  55. Glenn L. Werner, Beaufort, South Carolina
  56. Terri Everett, Big Rapids, MI
  57. Julie Sisk, Myrtle Beach, SC
  58. Kevin Welsh, Novi, Michigan
  59. Jim Parker, Bishop, CA
  60. Chuck Carlson, Ft. Peck MT
  61. John Bissell, Grimes, Iowa
  62. Carolyn Townley, The Woodlands, Texas
  63. Ben Wieland, Hackensack, MN
  64. Zachary Kaiser, Burlington, WI
  65. Jon Atwood, Keene, NH
  66. Brian Gatlin, Grand Canyon, AZ
  67. Alison Village, Berrien Springs, MI
  68. Karl Erich Mayer, Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
  69. Larry Kline, Fredericksburg, VA
  70. Luke Seitz, Falmouth, ME
  71. Brian E. Small, Los Angeles, CA
  72. Cinda Crosley, Pflugerville, TX
  73. Urs Geiser, Woodridge, Illinois
  74. Blue Rubinstein, New York, NY
  75. Greg Zupansic, Eugene, Oregon
  76. dave nurney, GB
  77. Alex Ewing, Rocky Hill, NJ
  78. Paul Oehrlein, Dobbs Ferry, NY
  79. Christopher Colby, York, PA
  80. Sarah Gross, Canandaigua, NY
  81. Yeray Seminario, Tarifa, Spain
  82. Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
  83. Matt Pike, Baghdad Iraq
  84. Rick Poulin, Ottawa, Ontario
  85. Tim Snieder, Sarnia, Ontario
  86. Thierry Fournet, Paris/France
  87. Dave Magpiong, Bellmawr, NJ
  88. Bob Dunlap, St. Peter, MN
  89. Caity Reiland-Smith, Sioux Falls, SD
  90. Tyler Hallman, Claremont, CA
  91. Ian Davies, Medford, MA
  92. Matthew Daw, Raleigh, NC
  93. Eleanor Proctor, Peterborough, Ontario
  94. Vicki Axthelm, Riverton, WY
  95. Jon McIntyre, Corpus Christi, TX
  96. Jon R. Mundall, Connell, WA
  97. Carolyn Vance, Los Alamitos, CA
  98. Vicki Sandage, Ashland, KY
  99. Jonathan Comeau, Williston, VT
  100. Josh Shramo, Dillon, CO.
  101. David Simpson, Fellsmere, FL
  102. Michael Lester, Haworth, NJ
  103. Claude Girard, St-Michel. P.Q.
  104. Zack Barrow, McDonald, TN
  105. Jim Mountjoy, Galesburg IL
  106. Louie Toth, Fairview Hgts, IL
  107. Angie Hardesty, Bowling Green, KY
  108. Tom Benson, San Bernardino, CA
  109. A. McAndrews, Xalapa, Veracruz
  110. Anton Mach, Yardley, PA
  111. Michael S. Levy, Centereach, N.Y.
  112. Howard Troughton, Acton, MA
  113. Laurel McDonald, St-Felicien, Quebec
  114. Haynes A. Werner, Beaufort, South Carolina
  115. Victoria Hotz, Lawrenceville, NJ
  116. Jerry Chandler, Marshfield, Missouri
  117. John Walko, Collierville, Tn
  118. Colin Gjervold, Tampa, FL
  119. Aaron Boone, Columbus, Ohio
  120. Seabrooke Leckie, Toronto, Ontario
  121. kris singletary, Austin TX
  122. G Kelsey, Jacksonville, FL
  123. Kevin Kerr, Guelph, ON
  124. B. Raff, mays landing, nj
  125. Blake Mathys, Milltown, NJ
  126. Leslie Rountree, Fayetteville, Ga
  127. Charles Holbrook, Dataw Island, South Carolina
  128. Gary Gerald, Oxford, OH
  129. Jimmy Kirshberger, Liberty, IN
  130. Liis Veelma, Winnipeg, MB
  131. Philip Kline, Tucson, Az
  132. John Brush Jr., Mattituck, NY
  133. Julia Marko Dunn, Newmarket, Ontario
  134. Amy St.Pierre, Kelly, WY
  135. Enrique D. Zamora, Ensenada, Baja California
  136. Gerald J Brow, Cedar Michigan
  137. Malia Wenny, Galena, Il
  138. David Rosenbaum, Lorena, TX
  139. Harvey Farber, Melville, New York
  140. Su Snyder, Wooster, OH
  141. Susan Kritzik, Portola Valley, CA
  142. Grant Rettig, San Luis Obispo, CA
  143. Yves Gauthier, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  144. James McKay, Mesa, AZ
  145. Jason McGuire, London, ON
  146. Chris Warren, Portland, OR
  147. Stephen Seiffert, Lansdowne, Ontario, Canada
  148. Marcelo Brongo, Barcelona, Spain
  149. Jess Bridges, Sanford, NC
  150. Kristin Sasser, Sanford, NC
  151. Jonathan Gendzier, Jacksonville, FL
  152. Erin Combs, Russellville, AR
  153. Richard Hibpshman, Issaquah, WA
  154. Don Burt, Anaheim, CA
  155. James Smith, Ontario, Canada
  156. Steven Mitten, Belize City, Belize
  157. Szilard Daroczi, Romania, Targu Mures
  158. Connie Johnston, Moline, IL
  159. Nathan Swick, Chapel Hill, NC
  160. Zachary Loman, Jacksonville, NC
  161. Mark Alt, Minneapolis, MN
  162. Mary LaMarca, Silver Spring, MD
  163. Phil Crisp, Winston Salem, NC
  164. chris west, richland center, WI
  165. Stephen Joly, Kamloops, BC
  166. Tom Auer, Allouez, MI
  167. Steve Hampton, Davis, CA
  168. Nels F. Thompson, Owatonna, MN
  169. Angie, Sewanee,TN
  170. James K Wood, Saskatoon, SK
  171. Kara Lewantowicz, Colorado Springs, CO
  172. Brandon Percival, Pueblo West, Colorado
  173. Pam Baum, Tucson, AZ
  174. Michael Flake, ST.Augustine Beach
  175. Larry Lade, Saint Joseph, Missouri
  176. Joseph lautenbach, Grand Rapids MI
  177. Katy, Whites Creek, TN
  178. Pat Hodgson, Toronto, Ontario
  179. Eddie Callaway, Rockford, IL
  180. Yukii Lepas, Kennebunkport, Maine
  181. codie otte, san francisco, california
  182. Nancy Castillo, Middle Grove, NY
  183. Marlene Jay Cashen, Veradale, Washington
  184. John Breitsch, Denver, CO
  185. Steve Steimel, Severna Park, MD.
  186. Gia Kilbrith, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.
  187. Phillip Hardy, Americus, GA
  188. Ben Loehnen, Los Angeles, CA
  189. Nathan Darnall, Sunset, Utah
  190. Nick Anich, Ashland, WI
  191. Emilio Ariel Jordan, Ranelagh Buenos Aires
  192. Jim Kopitzke, Mesa AZ
  193. Aaron R. Polichar, San Diego, CA
  194. Marcia Huff, Holland, MI
  195. David copplestone, Lakefield, Ontario
  196. Rob Fergus, Perkasie, PA
  197. Elise Becker, Colorado Springs, CO
  198. Georgia Conti, Anchorage, AK
  199. Roger Tess, Tucson, AZ
  200. Michael Hartley, Tallahassee, FL
  201. Kevin Bolton, Prospect Park N.J
  202. Michael McCloy, Southern Pines, NC
  203. Julie Cocke, Jacksonville, FL
  204. Melissa Hein, North Branch, MN
  205. Diana Doyle, Minneapolis, MN
  206. Vaughn Morrison, Todd, NC
  207. Ben Coulter, Erie, PA
  208. Annette S Buenau, Fairbanks, Alaska
  209. Matt Newport, Aurora, CO
  210. Roberto Cavalieros, Brooklyn, NY
  211. Corey Husic, Kunkletown, PA
  212. Richard Garrigues, San Antonio de Belen, Heredia, Costa Rica
  213. Jennifer Vieth, Hastings, Minnesota
  214. Tim Baerwald, Eau Claire, MI
  215. Jonathan Lautenbach, Grand Rapids, MI
  216. Robin LaFortune, Delano, MN
  217. Michael Price, Dundee, Oregon
  218. Rob Maxwell, Midland, MI
  219. Philip Bourque`, Richmond Rhode Island
  220. Ann Frechette, Alfred, Maine
  221. Scott Schuette, Tucson, AZ
  222. Zandall Carpenter, Los Angeles, CA
  223. Lois Lindsay, Frankford WV
  224. Lyn Imperial, Middletown, DE
  225. Jason Giovannone, Columbia, SC
  226. David Rauch, Centreville, VA
  227. Lars Skalnes, Eugene, Oregon
  228. Ken Young, Buhl, Idaho
  229. Leonard Frost, Friendswood, TX
  230. Traci Van Tine, Otter Lake, MI
  231. Ken Madsen, Whitehorse, Yukon
  232. Katrina Troppy, TX
  233. Shizhen, Tucson, AZ
  234. Lee Barnes, Seattle, WA
  235. Ryan Dudragne, Saskatoon, SK
  236. Rosana Millard, Coral Springs, Florida
  237. Frances Geller, New York, NY
  238. Terrence Little, Murray, KY
  239. Amanda Spencer, Bay Shore, NY
  240. Shelley Tucker, Berea, Kentucky
  241. Janet Swartz-Myrman, Chippewa Falls, WI
  242. George Chaniot, Potter Valley, CA
  243. Greg Gillson, Hillsboro, Oregon
  244. Jacob Saucier, Baton Rouge, LA
  245. Jenifer Detter, Eureka Springs, AR
  246. Jim Hoover, Jefferson Hills, PA
  247. Krista Sorra, Albuquerque, NM
  248. Paul Glass, South Boston, VA
  249. Jenny, Reno. NV.
  250. Steve Stephens, Kingston,Illinois
  251. Susannah Lerman, Amherst, MA
  252. Lindsay Swanson, Portland, OR
  253. Linda Swanson, San Francisco, CA
  254. filip beeldens, Antwerpen, Belgium
  255. David Perpinan, Barcelona, Spain
  256. Heather McCauley, Coupeville, Washington
  257. Bonnie Reimer, Madison, WI
  258. Beth Wisotzkey, Upper Marlboro, MD
  259. Timothy Perri, Patchogue, New York
  260. Paul Watson, St George, Bermuda
  261. Matt Timberlake, Raleigh, NC
  262. Carrie Kirkton, Niskayuna, NY
  263. Trey Barron, Amarillo, TX
  264. Sara Thomasy, Raleigh, NC
  265. Jason Pietrzak, Concord, NH
  266. Tom McAuliffe, Farmington Hills Michigan
  267. Edith Prince, Seattle, WA
  268. Emily Rich, Rochester, NY
  269. Ron Pozzi, Granite Bay, CA
  270. Jeremy Roberts, Stevensville, MT
  271. Jim Fitzpatrick, Hastings MN
  272. Tim Hajda, Broken Bow, NE
  273. Matthew Schneider, Silverton, OR
  274. Robert Mottershead, Philadelphia, PA
  275. Michael Hichey, Albuquerque, NM
  276. Jeff Marks, Portland, OR
  277. Anthony Laquidara, Plainsboro, NJ
  278. Myles Falconer, Lakefield, Ontario
  279. William Lydecker, Bakersfield, California
  280. Barbara Kappel, Kankakee, IL
  281. Wendy Boothroyd, Whitehorse, Yukon
  282. Mike Burrell, Heidelberg, Ontario
  283. Sandra Lautrup, Effingham, Illinois
  284. Rich Swartzentruber, Salem, Oregon
  285. Nigel Bates, Hopewell, NJ
  286. David Cox, Tampa, Florida
  287. Wendy Gibbons, Galena, IL
  288. Val Cunningham, St. Paul, Minn.
  289. Andrew Woolum, Mattawan, MI
  290. Peter Wilkinson, St Albans, Herts, UK
  291. Jo Ann Cheyne, Mt. Sinai, NY
  292. Robert Guenther, Port Murray, NJ
  293. Tim Hochstetler, millersburg oh
  294. Don Koch, Salineville, Ohio
  295. Judy Runkel, Mooresville IN
  296. James P. Smith, Amherst, MA
  297. Phillip C Hicks, Grants Pass, Oregon
  298. Clive Bramham, Bergen, Norway
  299. Leighton Reid, Woodberry Forest, VA
  300. Brian Wright, Beech Grove, IN
  301. Bill Hintze, Berwick, PA
  302. Kasia Matyniak, Berwick, PA
  303. Philip Stahl, Fordville, ND
  304. Dorleen McBride, Ukiah, CA
  305. Robert Doster, Albuquerque, NM
  306. bill glenn, las cruces, NM
  307. Greg Tito, Richmond, Virginia
  308. Sarah MacLean, Escondido, CA
  309. Benjamin Berkompas, WA
  310. Joshua D. Kreitzer, Enterprise, UT
  311. Dan Walker, Canyon, Texas
  312. Mark Benson, Metuchen NJ
  313. Jack Young, Hamilton, Ont, Canada
  314. Andrew Deegan, Huntington, VT
  315. Wayne McBride, Ukiah, CA
  316. D Zampirro, Carson City, NV
  317. Erah Tilton, Seattle, WA
  318. g beetham, stockton, nj
  319. Ben Young, Salem, OR
  320. Larry Mays, Newcastle, OK
  321. Jacob Blok, Kalamazoo, MI
  322. Henry Wilton, Rutland, VT
  323. Barb Robertson, Ottawa, On., Canada
  324. Michael Miller, Chicago, Illinois
  325. Matt Anthony, Bel Air, MD
  326. Andrew Keaveney, Guelph, ON
  327. Pierre Howard, Atlanta, Georgia
  328. Brooke Miller, Los Altos, CA
  329. Tony Clements, Vienna, Virginia
  330. Harry Hooper, Tallahassee, FL

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.

European Starling
330
Starling (disqualified)
6
Black Rail
1
Common Nighthawk
1
Pacific Golden-Plover
1
Red-winged Blackbird
1
Seaside Sparrow
1
Spruce Grouse
1
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
1

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The photo and answer for this quiz were supplied by Chris Wood.