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Birding Photo Quiz: December 2017

¡Feliz Navidad!

It’s Christmas morning here in the ABA Area, as good a time as any for a photo quiz. Our photo is from Nicaragua, where so many of “our” ABA Area breeders are spending the holidays right now. The authors don’t know what this bird is! They have a hunch, but nothing definitive. Oh. That was a terrible pun. And an important clue.


Well, have it. As always, we greatly appreciate comments that contain some amount of explication. Don’t just say, “Common Chlorospingus.” (Indeed, don’t say that at all. ’cause it ain’t.) Share a bit of your knowledge and insights with us.

The answer (not) and analysis, written up by ornithologists Marvin A. Tórrez, Wayne Arendt, and Claire Everett, appear in the Dec. 2017 issue of Birding magazine.

Thanks, and Joyeux Noël, Mele Kalikimake, and Merry Christmas to all of you!

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Ted Floyd

Ted Floyd

Editor, Birding magazine at American Birding Association
Ted Floyd is the longtime Editor of Birding magazine, and he is broadly involved in other programs and initiatives with the ABA. Ted has written 200+ magazine articles and 5 books, including How to Know the Birds (National Geographic, 2019). He is a frequent speaker at birding festivals and has served on several nonprofit boards. Join Ted at The ABA Blog for his semimonthly spot, “How to Know the Birds,” celebrating common birds and the uncommonly interesting things they do.