April 2024 Photo Quiz

Tony Leukering
Dodge City, KS

Another raptory-hawky thing is this month’s quiz subject, and I know that everyone is excited about that! The wings are certainly obviously long, so ruling out vultures, eagles, long-winged buteos (such as Swainson’s and Ferruginous), and probably even harriers. Unfortunately, the quiz bird is streaked below, a feature not at all rare in raptory-hawky things, and the remiges (primaries and secondaries) are checkered with dark bits, also not at all rare in raptory-hawky things. Despite these features being widespread in those avian species with nasty, sharp talons, the quiz bird is showing more than enough features to identify it to species.

Photos and answers are supplied by Tony Leukering, a field ornithologist based in southeast Dodge City, KS, with strong interests in bird migration, distribution, and identification. He has worked for five different bird observatories from coast to coast and considers himself particularly adept at taking quiz photos (that is, bad pictures!). Leukering is a member of the Colorado Bird Records Committee and had been a reviewer for eBird since its inception. He is also interested in most everything else that flies, particularly moths and odonates.