In honor of Wood Warbler Week here at 10,000 Birds, this quiz is about one specific warbler species.  I have chosen this species for today’s quiz because of an abundance of wonderful clues!

Identify the species in question.  And here we go:

– This species has a FACEBOOK PAGE!!!!!!  Really!  Exciting on one hand, and very sad on the other hand, as it has no “friends”.

– According to one noted field guide, remains of this bird “were found in the stomach of a tiger shark on the night of 11 May 1976 just off Melbourne Beach …”.  Pelagic birding at its best?

– As of 1997, this species has been reported three times in the ABA area.  But it is not on the list of “Birds of North America” on the Cornell website.  I imagine this is because, of these reports,  “none have been fully substantiated.”

– A friend of mine just returned from a vacation in a US state where the three unsubstantiated records of this species have been recorded.  A hint on the state … she was able to view a Groove-billed Ani while on this vacation.  According to her, the Ani was so unafraid, it would walk under people’s legs eating insects.  She also said the Ani has spent a few months at this location.  Don’t think Texas though.

I guess I should give some actual clues.  In an effort to be diabolical, these actual clues are not about this species, but instead about its North American relative:

– If you live in the US or Canada and are a birder, my guess is that you’ve seen its North American relative not far from home.  It breeds in every one of the 49 mainland US states and every Canadian province.

– The song of the North American relative is very familiar to birders.

Extra Credit #1: What other bird species were found inside that tiger shark?

Extra Credit #2: I searched for additional bird species on Facebook.  No surprise, someone has added a number of bird species on Facebook.  You can earn 100 Extra Credit Points by correctly “friend-ing” every bird species you look up on Facebook with other bird species that share a common habitat.  If you really do this, um, if you really spend your valuable time doing this, um, well, maybe you shouldn’t tell too many people about it.

Hi-yo Silver, Awaaaaayyyy.

Good luck.

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This week, 8 May – 14 May 2011, is Wood-Warbler Week on 10,000 Birds!  Though wood-warblers, the mostly brightly colored birds of the family Parulidae, are only found in the New World we felt that birders the world over would be pleased to see a plethora of posts about these striking and sought after species.  We are devoting a whole week to wood-warblers but are only just barely scratching the surface of possible topics involving this amazing family of birds.

Right now great flocks of wood-warblers are making their way north from the southern United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America to breed across the United States and Canada.  Many other non-migratory wood-warbler species are living their lives across the neotropics, doing their best to survive and pass on their genes. Wood-Warbler Week is a celebration of all wood-warblers and we hope you join us in celebrating these absolutely wonderful birds.  Read about them here but also get out and experience them.  You won’t regret it!

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Written by Jory
Jory's first field guide-identified bird was a Northern Cardinal. This turned out to be his gateway drug into birding. In 2007 Jory became the least accomplished birder to see 300 birds in New York State in one year. He has birded the world over but maintains his birding "beginner mind", of which he is inordinately proud. Just ask him. Jory is the 10,000 Birds Avian Quizmaster, coming up with ever more diabolical ways to stump his legion of devoted fans. He lives with his wife and the possessions of his children just outside of Albany NY.