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Apr 14th, 2012 at 16:30 GMT
Great quiz. Five globes
Jul 30th, 2012 at 08:29 GMT
Xenops would work for X. They are pretty common in tropical America. Good quiz.
Mar 2nd, 2013 at 13:47 GMT
I really like that the species got tougher as you move through the alphabet. "Quail" might have been more obvious for Q, but this is actually better.
Mar 4th, 2013 at 22:17 GMT
Xenops is a great suggestion. Xantus's Murrelet or hummingbird might also work.
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Mar 9th, 2013 at 04:12 GMT
Is anyone else amazed that more people got umbrellabird than nightjar? At least I got all the ones I might actually see. There's not so many bluejays, loons and vireos in the UK!
Mar 9th, 2013 at 04:49 GMT
As a serious birder in the past, I thoroughly enjoyed this quiz. As a serious Sporcler in the present, my first question after looking at the results was: "I wonder what the national bird of Kyrgyzstan is?" Unfortunately, they have no national bird. Most nations don't. However for hard core Sporclers, I am sharing the official Kyrgyzstan bird list: http://www.birdlist.org/kyrgyzstan.htm
Mar 9th, 2013 at 05:40 GMT
Mar 9th, 2013 at 05:44 GMT
i only got 9, not a bird fan, though there might have been a few more i should have gotten... i gotta say that Q bird is a beauty!!!
Mar 9th, 2013 at 05:49 GMT
If all Albatrosses have that expression I think I might finally understand why the Mariner would be inclined to shoot one...
Mar 9th, 2013 at 06:32 GMT
Why can't you Anglophones just call it a Yellow Bunting!? That would make so much more sense, and then I would have gotten it. Although, looking it up, you already call some Japanese bird that... Also, perhaps Jesus Bird could be accepted for Jaçana, as it does often go by this name and it still starts with a J. I thoroughly enjoyed the quiz by the way!
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Mar 9th, 2013 at 07:47 GMT
this is hard (even though I had to use Google Translate for one) =/
Mar 9th, 2013 at 07:51 GMT
i was quite proud of myself for getting 15, but that puts me slap bang in the middle of the distribution!
Mar 9th, 2013 at 09:50 GMT
The xenops didn't make the cut?
Mar 9th, 2013 at 10:05 GMT
When you know the one beginning with Q, but just can't get the spelling.
Mar 9th, 2013 at 10:35 GMT
@Gmackematix: Actually, we do have loons in the UK, we just don't call them that. They are the same as Great Northern Divers.
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Mar 9th, 2013 at 11:09 GMT
Oh look, the cardinal got elected to be the new pope of Vatican City!
Mar 9th, 2013 at 11:45 GMT
Quite a few names of North American sports teams here. Some ideas for new franchises the Tampa Bay or Tennessee Toucans and the Orlando or Oklahoma Ostriches.
Mar 9th, 2013 at 12:45 GMT
*Second-last one* Right, it's a bird, beginning with Y. It's yellow. Okay, yellow... Finch? Tit? Sparrow? Wren? Jay? Bird? Squid? Kyrgyzstan? *gives up*
Mar 9th, 2013 at 12:54 GMT
Ok...my list of things to google after doing this quiz: vireo, jacana, nightjar, anglophone...
Mar 9th, 2013 at 13:03 GMT
Please change it so that "NIGHTHAWK" is accepted as well as "nightjar." Would have gotten 26/26 but for that one.
Mar 9th, 2013 at 13:40 GMT
again "X" is left out of an alphabet quiz
Mar 9th, 2013 at 14:22 GMT
@mexal WHY??? I live in Alabama, die hard Alabama fan, Go to every football game and yet I miss only that one and the nightjar!
Mar 9th, 2013 at 14:55 GMT
Okay, yeah, I tried "Yard."
Mar 9th, 2013 at 14:55 GMT
Seconding other commenters, Jesus bird and Nighthawk would both be good alternates to have. Great quiz in any case!
Mar 9th, 2013 at 15:05 GMT
Never heard the term "Nightjar" before. In the Midwest they're always called "Nighthawks" or goatsuckers. So I looked it the FIELD GUIDE TO BIRDS where they are the family Goatsucker which includes COMMON NIGHTHAWK, Lesser Nighthawk, Antillean Nighthawk and the poor-wills. Not a single species is called a "Nightjar". Parenthetically the family IS identified as "Goatsuckers (Nightjars)", but the bird shown IS a Common NIGHTHAWK, so not giving credit for Nighthawk as a valid answer seems a bit goofy! And, if you're going for "Family" names and not species, then by that logic, the Roadrunner should be a Cuckoo and shown under C OR the Goatsucker should be under G! All of which is rather complicated and nit-picky, so why not just accept NIGHTHAWK and solve a myriad of problems????
Mar 9th, 2013 at 15:16 GMT
I don't understand why there is no X. There are even two birds starting with X: Xantus's hummingbird and Xenops.
Mar 9th, 2013 at 15:28 GMT
I typed in Quetzal, Umbrella Bird and Zebra Finch before I even looked at the pictures. I figured they would have to be on here.
Mar 9th, 2013 at 15:49 GMT
That's a Resplendent Quetzal there... no wonder, it really is resplendent. Not surprising Maya and the Aztecs thought of it as a divinity.
Mar 9th, 2013 at 15:51 GMT
Mar 9th, 2013 at 16:01 GMT
shakirafan and gabberslug: All nighthawks are members of the nightjar family (
), but not all nighjars are nighthawks, and in fact most aren't. Though no North American species has a species name including "nightjar", a majority of the family members worldwide do.
The word "nighthawk" is not applied to non-nighthawk members of the family such as the whip-poor-will, but rather only to members of the nighthawk subfamily, which are distinguished by their pointed wings and more aerial habits.
Allowing "nighthawk" as an answer would therefore only be right if that specific picture were of a nighthawk, and I don't think it is: Most of the nighthawks have white-throats. (I don't know what species the picture is, as many species are almost identical-looking.)
It's fairly difficult for a North American non-birder to get as it is, but then there are some fairly N.A.-centric ones too: The blue jay and (northern) cardinal are common feeder birds in the US but unknown outside North America, and the loons are known as "divers" in Britain.
Mar 9th, 2013 at 16:13 GMT
Re the suggestion that "Jesus bird" be accepted for
, I suggest that it shouldn't be. The former is a slang term only, and it is not common. As at least some proof, "jesus bird" (in quotation marks) gets less than one percent as many google hits as "jacana". The wikipedia article says they are "sometimes referred to" as Jesus birds, but none of the online sources supports that contention, and no official list of which I'm aware lists it that way. I suspect the term was more common in past years, but with name standardization over the past few decades it has now devolved into a regional colloquialism.
Mar 9th, 2013 at 16:30 GMT
Well, there seems to be an absence of a certain ornithological piece. A headline regarding mass awareness of a certain avian variety.
Mar 9th, 2013 at 16:51 GMT
To be fair to Alabama people, the Yellowhammer that is their state bird is entirely different thing altogether, it's actually a woodpecker (Northern Flicker) so they could be forgiven for not getting that! To those wondering how on earth the Yellowhammer pictured got it's name; 'ammer' is German for 'bunting' and so the Yellow Ammer became the Yellowhammer.
Mar 9th, 2013 at 17:18 GMT
I felt sure there would be a yellow-bellied sapsucker.
Mar 9th, 2013 at 17:30 GMT
I got zebra finch and could have guessed it even by the scientific name Poephila guttata. It's no surprise, as I had one. What surprised me is that it had so a low score of right answers. It's native to Australia but in Argentina it's bred and sold as a pet (it's a lovely little bird!). I supposed the same would happen in other countries of the Sporcle world, but seemingly not. (If anybody wonders: "zebra" is from the black and white striped tail, not visible in the picture. On the other hand, the "guttata" of the species name refers to the spots on the sides [Latin gutta = drop]).
Mar 9th, 2013 at 17:54 GMT
@atakdog: Sorry, I guess I was being too North American-centric! Colloquial usage in North America must be Goatsucker as opposed to Nightjar for the family Caprimuldidae. Only six species are present here, four Poor-wills and the two nighthawks. Of those, only the Common Nighthawk is present throughout the continent (excluding Arctic regions), while all the other species are regional. Thus, this midwesterners automatic response of "Nighthawk", the only aberrant goatsucker that comes out in the daylight and is frequently seen. I almost stepped on one last summer that was sleeping on the driveway! All six NA species have white throats, so whatever that "N" bird is, it's not North American in origin. An older edition of the North American Field Guide doesn't even have Nightjar in parenthesis as an alternative name and, as I'm "older", that's probably why I've never even heard the name applied. As they say, Americans and British (sub Australian, New Zealanders, etc)--two peoples separated by a common language!
Mar 9th, 2013 at 18:25 GMT
shoulda bought a falcon
Mar 9th, 2013 at 20:48 GMT
Um...that's not a yellowhammer. At least not where I live.
Mar 10th, 2013 at 02:33 GMT
Seeing as I have never seen most of these birds, I think I would've gotten the same results without pictures... Good quiz though.
Mar 11th, 2013 at 04:25 GMT
MrImperfect: See jacana's comment, somewhat above yours, which explains the yellowhammer issue perfectly.
shakirafan: I agree, it definitely isn't a North American species, nor a European nightjar. My guess is Egyptian nightjar, but without much conviction; as you know (I'm guessing you're a birder), identifications are more usually on the basis of vocalizations, or wing and tail patterns in flight.
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