Bird Range Map Quiz
Quiz 1 - Owls (Medium to hard)
Bird Photos?  Too easy!! How well do you know the life history of bird species?  This quiz simply provides a North American Range map, with one clue.  Your guess what species goes with the range map.  This quiz focuses just on owl species found in North America.  Note the legend for the colors on the maps is shown just below.
  1. Identify each bird by clicking on one of the six choices.  The pop-up box will tell you whether you provided a correct identification. If incorrect, the pop-up box will give an additional clue for the species.
  2. It doesn't matter what order you answer the 20 questions.  However, you will only get credit for a correct identification if you answer correctly with your first guess.  You may continue to guess until you find the correct answer, however.
  3. When you've answered all 20 questions, click the bottom button to find your final score.
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Bird Range Map - Legend 

Quiz Map #1 

1. While I am normally a permanent resident in my range, I occasionally have irruptions southward in winter.

Quiz Map #2 

2. While a permanent resident in Florida and some parts of the southwestern U.S., in most of the U.S. I am only a summer resident.

 Quiz Map #3

3. I am found in conifer forests during most seasons, although some in winter can be found in other forested habitats.

Quiz Map #4 

4. I have a close relative who is much more common in the U.S.  I am just found in extreme southern Arizona and New Mexico.

Quiz Map #5

5. I am one of the most widespread of any bird species in North America, and can be found in a variety of habitats.

Quiz Map #6

6. Most people probably aren't aware of my presence, but I'm quite common in my range, even in cities and towns.

Quiz Map #7 

7. I am normally found in Mexico, Central America, and the Carribbean, and have only been seen a handful of times in extreme southern Texas.

Quiz Map #8 

8. I also have populations in Europe, Asia, South America, and even many oceanic islands.

Quiz Map #9 

9. I am found in northern or high-elevation conifer forests, where I am a permanent resident.

Quiz Map #10 

10. Only the Elf Owl is smaller among North American owl species.

Bird Range Map - Legend 

Quiz Map #11 

11. I am found from the forest lands of Alaska to the deserts of the southwest.

Quiz Map #12 

12. What!?! This looks like the previous map!!  I am much less common than the bird in #12, and given my mountain forest habitat, I am seen much less often.

Quiz Map #13 

13. I am one of the most widespread terrestrial birds in teh world, found on every continent except for Antarctica.

Quiz Map #14 

14. I am a small, rich brownish owl with a range that just crosses into the U.S. in the far southwest and southern Texas.

Quiz Map #15 

15. I am Surnia ulula, a species not seen that often in the lower 48 states.

Quiz Map #16 

16. I'm a widespread species, but rather enigmatic, as I'm typically found in scattered locations, and may be present one year and gone the next.

Quiz Map #17 

17. I am typically thought of as an owl of southeastern swamps, but I'm present throughout the East, and have expanded my range into the Pacific Northwest.

Quiz Map #18 

18. Most years I am only present in the lower 48 states in very low numbers in winter, but occasioanlly an irruption brings significant numbers southward from the Arctic.

Quiz Map #19 

19. I have a spotty distribution, with Mexican, Northern, and California birds often considered subspecies.

Quiz Map #20 

20. My stronghold in the United States is the Sonoran Desert, where I will often nest in cavities in Saguaro cacti.

RATING: 20 Correct --Super Birder!!

16-19 Correct -- All Star

12 - 15 Correct -- Bird Nut

8 - 11 Correct -- Showing Promise!

<7 Correct -- Need some work!!!

Note - All maps created by Terry Sohl, using digital range information from NatureServe.

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