Bird Photo Identification Quiz
Shorebird Species - Quiz #5 (Medium)
I really love the spring, as we have so many migrants that move through.  One of my favorite groups of birds at this time of the year are the variety of shorebirds that move through South Dakota.  This quiz is a basic photo identification quiz, with all North American shorebird species potentially included.  Quiz rules are:
  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.
  4. To start over and try the quiz from scratch, just hit the "reload" button on your browser.

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Quiz Photo #1

1. A shorebird of the grasslands, the photo above provides an accurate depiction of my preferred habitat.

Quiz Photo #2

2. I breed in the Arctic, but am most often seen by birders during winter months along rocky shorelines in southeastern Canada and the northeastern United States.

 Quiz Photo #3

3. Unlike some of similar plover relatives, many of my kind remain in North America in winter, and can be found along both coasts.

Quiz Photo #4 

4. My black belly, present in breeding plumage, is a key identification feature.

Quiz Photo #5

5. In migration in North America, I am usually found in open grassland and agricultural lands.

Quiz Photo #6

I am a year-round resident of the Pacific coast of North America.

Quiz Photo #7 

7. I am a fairly common migrant in the eastern half of North America.

Quiz Photo #8 

8. My dark brown upperparts with white spotting making me relatively simple to identify.

Quiz Photo #9 

9. I breed in the northern nterior plains of North America, while wintering along the Pacific coast and as far south as the coast of South America.

Quiz Photo #10 

10. I could provide the scientific name, but that would give it away.

Quiz Photo #11 

11. I left my San Franciscooooooo....well, that's where I got the photo, anyway.

Quiz Photo #12 

12. I am one of the "peeps", those smallest of little sandpipers.

Quiz Photo #13 

13. My scientific name is Numenius americanus, with Numenius representative of the term "new moon", a phrase in reference to the crescent shape of my bill.

Quiz Photo #14 

14. I am rather plain, until I take flight and flash the strong black-and-white pattern on my wings.

Quiz Photo #15 

15. If this were the "EASY shorebird quiz", I'd show the adult, but this is the "MEDIUM" quiz.  But even as a youngster, I show the same upcurved bill as my parents.

Quiz Photo #16 

16. OK, I admit that with this photo, I'm trying to fool you

Quiz Photo #17 

17. Differentiating this species from a close cousin can be tough, but the differences are obvious upon close examination.

Quiz Photo #18 

18. Unlike most bird species (but akin to humans), the females of my kind are more brilliant in appearance.

Quiz Photo #19 

19. I am one of the more widely distributed of the North American shorebirds, breeding in much of Canada and the northern United States.

Quiz Photo #20 

20. I have a very close relative that is similar in appearance, but I am found in freshwater more than my cousin.

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!!!

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