Last week, Jory Langner gave us a truly evil Avian ID Quiz. Now, he’s back with another test of your ornithological prowess.  Don’t let the title fool you… this one is tough!

Last week’s Avian ID Quiz was apparently a bit too easy.  Here’s another quiz just for fun. As before, it is based on interesting tidbits that I have found in various field guides and other birding references.

Try to guess the bird using the fewest clues. The answer, including references, will be given this Saturday.

Here are the clues:

  1. This bird would be a lifer for me. There was virtually no chance of me recording this bird in my 2007 New York State Big Year.
  2. “Charming pale plainness”
  3. Smallest of its “family”
  4. Tail Bobbing
  5. Nests regularly in tree cavities
  6. Mesquite along a desert wash
  7. EXTRA CREDIT: “The expression is innocent.” This sentence was used in describing this species. What does this mean?

Good luck, and check in on Saturday for the answer!

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.