As always, the “Just for Fun Avian ID Quiz” is brought to you by Jory Langner, our esteemed Avian Quizmaster.

Wednesday we started this week’s quiz by publishing a single clue. We said it was possible to guess the identity of the answer with that single clue.  Congratulations to Jason who had the correct answer (and thanks to Harry, Patrick and John for guessing). The clue of “!” is clearly a field mark of the Mountain Quail, with that “thing” on its head though Roseate Spoonbill, Wild Turkey, and American Bittern were certainly good guesses.
The extra credit question was “What is that ‘thing’ and what do they use it for?” No one has given any suggestions about this. I have researched and cannot find any answers. Any help on this one?
Stay tuned for another quiz next week.

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.