Bird Photo Identification Quiz
Sparrow Species - Quiz #6 (Medium)
An underappreciated group of birds, both for their wonderful variety, and their subtle beauty.   This quiz is a basic photo identification quiz, with all North American "Emberzid" species potentially included (sparrows, towhees, and similar birds).  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. I am Pooecetes gramineus, a species found throughout much of the northern half of the U.S. and in southern Canada during the summerm months.

Quiz Photo #2 

2. Key identifciation marks include a buffy band across my breast and flanks, covered by fine dark streaking.

 Quiz Photo #3

3. I mostly breed in the interior of the continent, although a very close relative is found along the coast.

Quiz Photo #4 

4. The buffy color around my throat and my rusty crown distinguish me from other similar towhee species.

Quiz Photo #5

5. I am usually seen on the ground, often when I'm scratching through the leaf litter in search of food.

Quiz Photo #6

A prize for many birders, I am often difficult to observe on my northern prairie breeding grounds.

Quiz Photo #7 

7. I am found in dry, brushy habitats of the southwestern United States.

Quiz Photo #8 

8. I am found in the eastern two-thirds of the United States and scattered locations in the west, although my eastern populations have significantly declined in recent decades.

Quiz Photo #9 

9. I am less gregarious than many  sparrows, usually either found singly or in mating pairs.

Quiz Photo #10 

10. My dark face distinguishes me from other similar species.

Quiz Photo #11 

11. I am a female of my species, and am less easily identified than my obvious male counterpart.

Quiz Photo #12 

12. One of my favorite bird species.  Yeah, I know that doesn't help you much...

Quiz Photo #13 

13. I am one of the most widely distributed breeding sparrows in North America, summering in much of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.

Quiz Photo #14 

14. I am a large chunky sparrow found in the interior of North America.

Quiz Photo #15 

15. I am found in arid, semi-open habitats of the southwesten United States.

Quiz Photo #16 

16. I am a widespread North American species with some plumage variation, but streaking on my flanks and yellow lores are universal identification marks

Quiz Photo #17 

17. Two key components of the photo above...the dark spot in the middle of my chest, and the snow.

Quiz Photo #18 

18. I am somtimes locally known as the "Rock Sparrow", given that I often hang around rocky, arid habitats in the southwestern U.S. and southern Plains.

Quiz Photo #19 

19. In summer, I am found throughout much of Canada and Alaska.  In winter, I am found throughout much of the lower 48 states.

Quiz Photo #20 

20. My unique, very strong facial pattern differentiates me from other sparrow species.

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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