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Photo Quiz: December 2015 Birding

Hmm… Well, it’s a decent photo, and the bird is well presented. This can’t be all that hard, can it?

It’s hard. It’s very hard.

Where to start? The location is northeastern Alberta, and the date is July 14. The location rules out, oh, Seaside Sparrow and Bronzed Cowbird. And the date is important: Think about what sorts of birds are out and about in central Canada around Bastille Day.

In this installment of the “Featured Photo,” the taxonomic approach is especially advisable. What family is this bird in? If you can get that, what genus is it in?

An analysis of this photo appears in the print and online versions of the December 2015 Birding, hitting members’ mailboxes later this week. In the meantime, let’s see what we can do with this photo.

Any takers?



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Ted Floyd

Ted Floyd

Editor, Birding magazine at American Birding Association
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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