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Holiday Beach Migration Observatory Bird Banding Photo Quiz

Welcome to the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory (HBMO) passerine bander trainee photo quiz.  What follows are 101 questions asking the identity of birds in photos, most with additional questions about age, sex, and molt.  

How to use this Quiz

  1. Click on the hyperlinks in the left column to view the photos.  
  2. Use only evidence visible in the photos, along with occasional text hints, to answer the questions.  
  3. All birds shown here have been banded, or could be banded at Holiday Beach, Ontario, Canada.  (Many other Eastern North American sites might find this quiz useful.)
  4. You may use any reference materials (Pyle 1997 recommended) to complete this quiz, except internet sources (matching photos is like cheating, and deprives you of learning).  
  5. You may release one bird "unbanded" (i.e., leave unidentified).  
  6. Please use the correct Alpha Code for species identifications.  (A.O.U. numbers are not necessary here.)
  7. If you are asked to age or sex a bird, also please briefly indicate how aged and how sexed. Remember that sometimes "U" may be the correct answer.  
  8. Please work independently.  
  9. You may want to print this page as an answer sheet, as taking the quiz may take some time.  
  10. There is a link to the answers at the bottom of this quiz.  NOTE:  The answer page contains 103 photos, as well as extensive text explaining the answers.  Those with slower dial-up internet connections should be patient, as the answer page may take a very long time to load onto your computer.

Scoring

Acknowledgments

I wish to thank the Powdermill Biological Station,  the field research station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the Rouge River Bird Observatory, for allowing photos from their websites to be posted here anonymously, and the North American Banding Council (NABC) for linking to this site.

Allen T. Chartier (quiz creator, and main contact for questions, discussions, or complaints about this quiz!)
Email:  amazilia1@comcast.net

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Bird #1 1a.  Identify this bird.

 

Bird #2 2a. Identify this bird.     2b. Age this bird.     2c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #3 3a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #4 4a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #5 5a. Identify this bird.     5b. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #6 6a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #7 7a. Identify this bird.     7b. Age this bird.

 

Bird #8 8a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #9 9a. Identify this bird.     9b. Age this bird.     9c. Age bird in 2nd photo.

 

Bird #10 10a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #11 11a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #12 12a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #13 13a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #14 14a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #15 15a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #16 16a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #17 17a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #18 18a. Identify this bird.     18b. Age this bird.     18c.  How reliable is this aging technique?

 

Bird #19 19a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #20 20a. Identify this bird.     20b. Age this bird.

 

Bird #21 21a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #22 22a. Age and sex this late-July American Goldfinch.

 

Bird #23 23a. Identify this bird.     23b. Age this bird.     23c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #24 24a. Identify this bird.     24b. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #25 25a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #26 26a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #27 27a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #28 28a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #29 29a. Identify this bird.     29b. Age this bird.     29c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #30 30a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #31 31a. Identify this bird.     31b. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #32 32a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #33 33a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #34 34a. Identify this bird.     34b. Age this bird.

 

Bird #35 35a. Identify this bird.     35b. Age this September bird.     35c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #36 36a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #37 37a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #38 38a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #39 39a. Identify this bird.     39b. Age this bird.

 

Bird #40 40a. Identify this bird.     40b. Age this bird.

 

Bird #41 41a. Identify this bird.     41b. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #42 42a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #43 43a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #44 44a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #45 45a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #46 46a. Identify this bird.     46b. Age this bird.

 

Bird #47 47a. Identify this bird.     47b. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #48 48a. Identify this bird.     48b. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #49 49a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #50 50a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #51 51a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #52 52a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #53 53a. Identify this bird.     53b. Age this bird.     53c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #54 54a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #55 55a. Identify this bird.     55b. Age this bird.

 

Bird #56 56a. Identify this bird.     56b. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #57 57a. Identify this bird.     57b. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #58 58a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #59 59a. Age this October Eastern Phoebe.

 

Bird #60 60a. Identify this bird.     60b. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #61 61a. Identify this bird.     61b. Age this bird.

 

Bird #62 62a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #63 63a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #64 64a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #65 65a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #66 66a. Identify this bird.     66b. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #67 67a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #68 68a. Identify this bird.     68b. Age this bird.     68c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #69 69a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #70 70a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #71 71a. Identify this bird.     71b. Age this bird.

 

Bird #72 72a. Identify this bird.     72b. Age this bird.     72c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #73 73a. Identify this bird.     73b. Age this bird.     73c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #74 74a. Identify this bird.     74b. Age this bird.     74c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #75 75a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #76 76a. Identify this bird.     76b. Age this bird.     76c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #77 77a. Identify this bird.     77b. Age this November bird.     77c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #78 78a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #79 79a. Identify this bird.     79b. Age this bird.

 

Bird #80 80a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #81 81a. Identify this bird.     81b. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #82 82a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #83 83a. Identify this bird.     83b. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #84 84a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #85 85a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #86 86a. Identify this bird.     86b. Age this bird.     86c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #87 87a. Identify this bird.     87b. Age this bird.     87c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #88 88a. Identify this bird.     88b. Age this bird.     88c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #89 89a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #90 90a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #91 91a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #92 92a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #93 93a. Identify this bird.     93b. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #94 94a. Age this Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler

 

Bird #95 95a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #96 96a. Identify this bird.     96b. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #97 97a. Identify this bird.     97b. Age this bird.     97c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #98 98a. Identify this bird.     98b. Age this bird.

 

Bird #99 99a. Identify this bird.     99b. Age this bird.     99c. Sex this bird.

 

Bird #100 100a. Identify this bird.

 

Bird #101 101a. Identify this bird.     101b. Age this bird.

 

Click HERE to view the answers.  

If you have any questions, comments, or disagreements with anything presented here, please e-mail Allen Chartier at:  amazilia1@comcast.net.