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Bird identification quiz

The link below takes you to a Norwegian site where you can test yourself on bird identifications for this country or any other European country or the whole Western Palearctic! Quite addictive and you can just do it for fun, or you can register and get a qualification for your skills.

http://www.birdid.no/

Good fun, but careful as you add your answers; I sailed though Stage One, but only managed 28/30 on stage 2, even though I thought I got them all right (I am sure I did!). Some are very easy, some are quite tricky angles, and something like Long-tailed Tit was a continental, white-headed bird.

Looking forward to doing all the other stages and then moving on to the whole Western palearctic thing!

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Ray Turner's picture

Fun

Oh this looks like fun, I need to go out now so only had a quick play but you are right Ian you do have to slow down a little and not get too complacent.

Think I may be up half the night once I get back home.

Ray

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Ray Turner's picture

Perfect Number

...only managed 28/30 on stage 2, even though I thought I got them all right (I am sure I did!)... Interesting, I went through L1 and I know I got one wrong (I was making life more complicated by not realising at that point they repeat species) which was a second image of a swallow. However my score at the end was also 28 out of 30!

Ray

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Ray Turner's picture

Still good fun though

Still good fun though

Ray

ophrys's picture

Training

Useful training for iSpot...especially with the number of pictures of Chiffchaff from obscure angles! The difficulty comes with continental forms of species like Willow Tit, Yellow Wagtail and so on. As long as you take that into account, it is quite straightforward...until you get to Stage 5!

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IWoodward's picture

Good quiz

Good fun but definitely very addictive. Agree that you need to slow down a bit - I only got 28 on my first go as I mis-identified a Crested Tit as a Crested Lark. I just assumed that all the options would be tit species and didn't read them fully!

I did notice that the instructions state you get -1 for an incorrect answer, so a score of 28 out of 30 means only one wrong (29 correct -1 for the incorrect answer). This is presumably to encourage people not to guess if they don't know.

Ray Turner's picture

Very observant ...

... my score makes sense now

Ray

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RoyW's picture

ID test.

I've seen this before, and although it is fun I am far from convinced that all the photos are identifiable, and am pretty certain that at least one or two are wrongly identified.

I have come across Crossbill photos where the options of Common Crossbill and Parrot Crossbill are given as potential answers even though the size and shape of the bill cannot be properly assessed.
There is also at least one photo which clearly shows a Willow Warbler (long primary projection readily visible) which is identified as a Chiffchaff.

ophrys's picture

Identifiable?

I still think that it is worth doing and it is recommended by the BTO. If some are very tricky, and I agree that a few are, it does not alter the fact that it makes you think about the ID and so helps refresh your skills.

As for a definite Willow Warbler, you may be right, but it is worth remembering that even the primary projection criterion is of no use sometimes. I have ringed a Willow this year with a wing of 59mm and a Chiffchaff at 64mm, for example.

For a lot of iSpot beginners, especially, this could be fun and very useful, I think.

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RoyW's picture

Quiz

Yes, it's definitely something that can be a useful experience to try - and I've not been put off trying more than once even though I don't believe that they can all be answered without guessing!

Another one to try is this one: http://www.computerbirding.com/what/cbirding_e.html

shrike07's picture

Bird quiz

Here's another good bird ID quiz:
http://www.birdinggame.com/2012/index.php?l=EN

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Mistake

Oops...The link was to a foreign version. I will add a link to the English one when I find it.

RoyW's picture

Link.

The above link is OK, you just have to wait a few seconds and a union Jack flag will appear that you can click on.

Some people may not recognise all of the names in this quiz - it uses 'international' names for many species. (I also find it difficult to click on some of the flying bird images sometimes - at least when using the mouse pad on my laptop).

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Bird ID quiz

Its good fun and probably helps with id from odd angles. Try the Formal test too. You get a letter of completion, even without getting all the answers correct, and they send you a cheap T shirt from Norway with a lovely logo of a King Eider duck on it. Alright for playing tennis in maybe!