First off, no, we will not be eating birds nor looking at birds that are about to be eaten in this quiz.  Instead, we will be looking at images of birds on porcelain plates that I saw in the Metropolitan Museum of Art on a recent visit.  Let me state for the record that I have no idea whatsoever what birds are actually on these plates except that all of them depict Asian birds, or, at least, are supposed to depict Asian birds, so this quiz will therefore have no answer post.  All we have to go on to determine the identities of the birds in the pictures below is what you all come up with in the comments.  So, have at it!

Are these birds real?  Or did they only exist in the minds of long dead artists?  If they are real what are they?  Let us know in the comments…

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.