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    Happy Paris Day…Let’s Have a Photo Quiz

    Exactly 1,063 years ago today, the great city of Paris was founded. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by having a photo quiz. Without further ado, here’s the photo:

    Mystery bird 01

    Photo by © David Wiggins.

    Hmm… Can’t identify the bird? Scroll down a bit…

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    Mystery bird 02

    Photo by © David Wiggins.

    You probably got it by now, yes? If not, scroll down a bit further. Even if you have figured it out, keep on going, please…

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    Mystery bird 03

    Photo by © David Wiggins.

    I think there’s a lesson here. Always pay attention. Always. I think it would be entirely possible to walk right past that tombstone, and never notice the gaudiest bird in North America.

    Thanks to David Wiggins of Uppsala, Sweden, for this fun–and sobering–photo quiz. David photographed this alternate adult male Painted Bunting in Elkhart, Kansas, May 12, 2014.

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    Ted Floyd

    Ted Floyd

    Ted Floyd is the Editor of Birding magazine, and he is broadly involved in other programs and initiatives of the ABA. He is the author of more than 100 magazine and journal articles, and has written four recent books, including an ABA title, the ABA Guide to Birds of Colorado. Floyd is a frequent speaker at birding festivals and state ornithological society meetings, and he has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Mainly, he listens to birds at night.
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    • Rick Wright

      This. Is. Mind-blowing.

    • 1775concord

      Darn. Paris? I thought you were going to show Jim Morrison’s grave.
      Couldn’t we at least have had a colorful chaffinch?

    • Frank Murphy

      Well that was fun :-) Great show. Thanks

    • Rob Hilton

      That quiz was nonpareil!

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