Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Answer to Bird Quiz #159 - Reddish Egret

This past week's quiz proved to be much more difficult than we anticipated. We had 14 total answers and half of them were correct.

Last Week's Quiz:



How to Identify:

This week our picture is straightforward.  It’s obviously a heron or egret of some sort.  What makes it a little more difficult is that this is one of the white waders.  With the white species of waders the most important aspects of identification are the color of the bare parts and the overall proportions of the bird.  For our bird, the color of the bare parts is good enough to identify it to species.  The combination of dark gray bill and legs and the pale eye identify our bird as a Reddish Egret.  The long neck and long, heavy bill also support the identification of Reddish Egret.

Next Quiz:

The third quiz in the January series is now up at http://nuttybirder.com/BirdQuiz/birdquiz.html#.UPV-4idz6So.

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