ABA Photo Quiz
with Tony Leukering

February 2020 Photo Quiz

February 18th, 2020|

Relative to the small branches, this quiz bird seems small and that feature, in combo with the fact that it’s perched in a tree, probably puts us in the large bird order, Passeriformes, which houses about half the world’s bird species.

  • ID Challenge #5

    This bird has a relatively thin and small bill, a wash of yellow on heavily streaked underparts, and a short tail with prominent tail “spots”.

Advanced Identification

Status & Distribution: the Most Under-used ID Feature

This feature is not something that is only just coming to light, nor is it related to the introduction of digital cameras, nor is it due to the internet—although the internet has enabled a more thorough understanding of it. This incredible identification feature is temporal likelihood, aka time of year.

Soft Spot

“Soft parts” is the term given to the parts of a bird not covered by feathers, although some of these parts are not particularly “soft.”