This page provides answers to the questions posed on the BIRDQUIZ page. The questions are designed to test your knowledge of All the World’s Birds and provide an entertaining way to learn more.

The questions and answers are listed in reverse order of publication, so that the most recent question is at the top. All questions have previously appeared on Twitter as tweets from @charlesrstubbs.


BIRDQUIZ 19/3 There’s one species of bird that’s found only in the countries of Jamaica and Colombia.

What is it, and where in Colombia is it regularly present?

Answer 19/3:

973/930Y    Jamaican Oriole   Icterus leucopteryx

is normally thought of as a “Jamaica endemic”, but a subspecies I. l. lawrencii is resident on San Andrés Island in the sw Caribbean Sea off the coast of Nicaragua. [Another subspecies I. l. bairdi formerly lived on Grand Cayman Island, but is now extinct.] San Andrés Island is part of the country of Colombia.

[You can find Jamaican Oriole and many other bird species with restricted ranges in South America, Middle America and the Caribbean in the ATWB PART TWELVE Companion Guide – click here for details.]


BIRDQUIZ 19/2 Which of these is NOT a type of Hummingbird? Coronet, Jacobin, Monklet, Racket-tail, Sabrewing, Thornbill, Thorntail?

Answer 19/2:

415/326F    Lanceolated Monklet    (nw South America, Costa Rica)

is a member of Family: Bucconidae – Puffbirds.

[In v8.2 of the IOC birdlist there are 334 species of Hummingbird regularly present in South America/Middle America. Find them all in the ATWB South America/Middle America REGIONS Companion Guide Volume 1: Non-Passerines – click here for details.]


BIRDQUIZ 19/1 In v9.1 of the IOC birdlist there are 4 species with only THREE letters in their English name.

One is:  548/543Y  Mao   Gymnomyza aubryana of the Samoan islands.

Can you name the other three?

Answer 19/1: the other three are

005/0076  Emu  Dromaius novaehollandiae of Australia

454/3691  Kea  Nestor notabilis of s New Zealand

548/5327  Tui  Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae of New Zealand mainland, Kermadec, Chatham, Auckland islands

[These birds are featured in the ATWB Australasia WORLD REGIONS Companion Guides – click here for details.]

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