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Test your ID Skills with the ABA Photo Quiz

Birders love Photo ID quizzes. Or, at least, they certainly get a lot of attention. Maybe we like tackling the finer points of bird ID when the obvious stuff is obscured. Or maybe those of us who are adept at taking poor bird photos hold out hope that our headless, branch-obscured, butt shots can find a use somewhere. In any case, we at the ABA are happy to provide you with myriad opportunities to test your mettle against weird photos of birds, both in Birding magazine as well as on the website with our venerable monthly photo quiz (produced since 2003!), edited by Tony Leukering.

In the past we’ve had hundreds of entries, but the latest offering only attracted around 50. Sure there are no prizes other than a little bit of notoriety, but we can do better than that, right?

This month’s brain-buster features an yellowish, eye ringed passerine. Take a crack at it and submit your answers by the end of the month. Good luck!

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Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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  • Rodney McCollum

    nashville warbler, yellow under tail, yellow on throat, white eye ring. Top of head and face is not gray though, so a fall time or young bird. Just a quick guess, not certain.

  • Scott Hampton

    Yellow Warbler is my guess. The bill’s too stout for Nashville and the primaries and secondary coverts have yellow edges. Also the pale tertial edges aren’t right for Nashville or Connecticut (or Canada, which should have white undertail coverts). I’m not sure why the eye-ring is so prominent and white, perhaps just the right combo of a drab individual, lighting, and angle. Thanks for posting the photo!

  • Terry Bronson

    I’d also go for a first-year Yellow Warbler. Sibley’s illustration, showing the eye ring and yellow-edged coverts, is a perfect match.

  • Rodney McCollum

    Yes, I see Sibley shows the eye ring and whitish edges on tertials for Yellow, Nashville doesn’t have the whitish edges. I feel more comfortable with the Yellow Warbler now.

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