CBWPS End of Year Quiz 2018

Some harmless fun, from the easy to a fair bit harder –

 

1) Which 2 birds are, or were also known as Tystie and Dabchick

2) Which First for Britain was discovered near Falmouth in 1980?

3) Penguins breed on the Equator. True or False?

4) What bird species finished 5th in the Big Garden Birdwatch this year?

5) Which other British bird was also once known as the Stonechat?

6) Which African country boasts 830 bird species, 89 of them endemic? .

7) What is a Merle Noir?

8) What is the latin trinomial?

9) What is the main difference between male and female woodpeckers in the UK?

10) what is the only bird that regularly migrates North to Cornwall in the Autumn?

11) According to recent taxonomic updates, what are the Falcons now thought to be most closely related to, Parrots, Owls, Skuas or Shrikes?

12) What are two key distinguishing features of the Black Brant?

13) What is a Sea-Linnet?

14) How heavy is the average Alpine Swift?

15) Name the 4 (or 5) new Cornwall species recorded in the County this year?

16) What is the latin name for Water Rail?

Anagrams – common Cornish birds –

17) Wild ape gait

18) Grill her gnu

And two rather rarer Cornish visitors this year –

19) View blithe riddle

20) Whisk reborn

Answers!!

1) Which 2 birds are, or were also known as Tystie and Dabchick

Black Guillemot and Little Grebe

2) Which First for Britain was discovered near Falmouth in 1980?

Forster’s Tern – in Falmouth Bay, 20th February to 18th March (and probably from 29th January). The American counterpart of the Common Tern (Arctic occurs in North America too). 5 further in Cornwall, and many UK and Ireland records since, so a bird which had most probably been overlooked previously.

3) Penguins breed on the Equator. True or False?

True, on the Galapagos Islands, which straddle the equator in the Pacific Ocean. Not sure if any actual nests straddle the exact equatorial ‘line’ or not.

4) What bird species finished 5th in the Big Garden Birdwatch this year?

Woodpigeon

5) Which other British bird was also once known as the Stonechat?

Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

6) Which African country boasts 830 bird species, 89 of them endemic? .

Ethiopia. That’s a lot. 

7) What is a Merle Noir?

Blackbird (latin Turdus merula), Noir = black in french. Merle kind of means ‘bird or robin’

8) What is the latin trinomial?

System for naming subspecies. The latin binomial (two-naming) eg Motacilla alba for the ‘White Wagtail; the British subspecies (which we call Pied Wagtail) being Motacilla alba yarelli, the subspecies in the rest of Europe being Motacilla alba alba. (More on the wagtail here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_wagtail)

9) What is the main difference between male and female woodpeckers in the UK?

Females lay eggs, the males don’t. 

Also males show more red on the head; nape in Great Spotted, crown in Lesser Spotted and moustachial in Green Woodpecker. The former (and rare Scottish) breeder Wryneck doesn’t quite fit in with this unfortunately, but the male still doesn’t lay eggs.

10) what is the only bird that regularly migrates North to Cornwall in the Autumn?

Water Pipit – from the Alps/Pyrenees and S/C Europe

11) According to recent taxonomic updates, what are the Falcons now thought to be most closely related to, Parrots, Owls, Skuas or Shrikes?

Parrots. Crazy or what?!

12) What are two key distinguishing features of the Black Brant?

Broader, whiter neck band and much blacker body; both the mantle/wings and fore/under belly. (It also shows much whiter flank streaking than the Dark-bellied Brent Goose.) Formerly split, now treated as a subspecies Branta bernicula nigricans.

13) What is a Sea-Linnet?

Snow Bunting

14) How heavy is the average Alpine Swift?

c100 grams or more. You’d know this if you’ve seen the recent ‘Results’ page on the 12Birds of Christmas, and successfully consigned it to memory.

15) Name the 4 (or 5) new Cornwall species recorded in the County this year?

Trindade Petrel, Syke’s Warbler, Marsh Sandpiper and Grey Cabird. Dalmatian Pelican was last year, but accepted by the BOU and added to the British list this year.

16) What is the latin name for Water Rail?

Rallus aquaticus

Anagrams – common Cornish birds –

17) Wild ape gait

Pied Wagtail

18) Grill her gnu

Herring Gull

And two rather rarer Cornish visitors this year –

19) View blithe riddle

White-billed Diver

20) Whisk reborn

Brown Shrike

 

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