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Bird Brain of Britain Quiz

Identify British birds (with pictures) No tap-ins or timer. 30 Questions.

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Question 1 Photo

What bird is mainly a winter visitor to reed-beds, breeds in small numbers in the UK and has a 'booming' call?

  • Brown Heron
  • Squacco Heron
  • Night Heron
  • Bittern

Question 2 Photo

What rare breeder and hard to find species is most often seen in early Spring?

  • Goshawk
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Golden Eagle

Question 3 Photo

What bird, primarily of rocky, coastal areas, has successfully begun to re-colonise Cornwall again?

  • Rook
  • Jackdaw
  • Chough
  • Carrion Crow

Question 4 Photo

What (now scarce) resident has a stronghold in East Anglia and the Fens and a short, jangling call?

  • Corn Bunting
  • Yellowhammer
  • Reed Bunting
  • Linnet

Question 5 Photo

What small goose arrives in large numbers in the winter and occurs in pale-bellied and dark-bellied forms?

  • White-fronted Goose
  • Greylag Goose
  • Brent Goose
  • Barnacle Goose

Question 6 Photo

What species is our commonest resident duck, and can be seen virtually anywhere there is water?

  • Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Pochard
  • Shoveler

Question 7 Photo

What member of the Crake family is a crepuscular bird that frequents reed-beds and has a squealing call?

  • Moorhen
  • Corncrake
  • Spotted Crake
  • Water Rail

Question 8 Photo

What bird is a summer visitor to heathland and stony ground and is most active at dawn and dusk?

  • Oystercatcher
  • Ringed Plover
  • Avocet
  • Stone Curlew

Question 9 Photo

What bird, with a black cap and yellow tip to the bill, can be seen off the coasts of Britain in the summer?

  • Common Tern
  • Sandwich Tern
  • Arctic Tern
  • Roseate Tern

Question 10 Photo

What unobtrusive and shy bird is best known for its song and is extremely unlikely to be found in Berkeley Square?

  • Nightingale
  • Blackbird
  • Song Thrush
  • Mistle Thrush

Question 11 Photo

Another member of the Thrush family has a white gorget on its breast and is another summer visitor, what is it?

  • Fieldfare
  • Redwing
  • Ring Ouzel
  • Blackbird

Question 12 Photo

What extremely shy and difficult to find bird is attracted to Hornbeam and cherry trees, and is a resident breeder in the UK in small numbers?

  • Twite
  • Crossbill
  • Bullfinch
  • Hawfinch

Question 13 Photo

What summer visitor has a 'wet-my-lips' call and frequents large fields where it can be heard in the evenings but is almost impossible to see?

  • Quail
  • Grey Partridge
  • Corncrake
  • Red-legged Partridge

Question 14 Photo

What bird, now restricted to a few breeding sites in the UK, is a frequenter of heathland habitat?

  • Garden Warbler
  • Blackcap
  • Dartford Warbler
  • Whitethroat

Question 15 Photo

What Dove, a very scarce summer visitor, has declined markedly recently and has a soft 'purring' call?

  • Turtle Dove
  • Collared Dove
  • Stock Dove
  • Rock Dove

Question 16 Photo

What bird arrives in summer and is known by its needle-thin, high-pitched "sweeeee" calls?

  • Sand Martin
  • Swallow
  • Swift
  • House Martin

Question 17 Photo

What crepuscular bird frequents heaths and clear-fell areas of forests and is a summer visitor to the UK in small numbers?

  • Tawny Pipit
  • Honey Buzzard
  • Nightjar
  • Pallid Harrier

Question 18 Photo

What UK resident and songster rises high and delivers its song in a torrent of unending notes?

  • Meadow Pipit
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Song Thrush
  • Skylark

Question 19 Photo

What large bird of prey has now been re-introduced into Scotland and Rutland Water where its main diet is fish?

  • Golden Eagle
  • Osprey
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Marsh Harrier

Question 20 Photo

What bird, also known as the 'Dabchick', is a resident of the UK and its call a series of high-pitched, rattling trills?

  • Little Grebe
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Slavonian Grebe

Question 21 Photo

What highly colourful UK resident can often be seen making its darting flight along rivers, streams and lakes in the UK?

  • Ring-necked Parakeet
  • Yellow Wagtail
  • Cuckoo
  • Kingfisher

Question 22 Photo

What UK resident is most likely to be found in woodland as it makes its thin, "Srriii" calls?

  • Treecreeper
  • Nuthatch
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
  • Wallcreeper

Question 23 Photo

What small bird, associated mainly with conifers and a UK resident, has a white stripe running down the back of its head and buff flanks?

  • Marsh Tit
  • Great Tit
  • Coal Tit
  • Blue Tit

Question 24 Photo

Europe's smallest bird is a tree-dwelling member of the Warbler family and makes a series of high "zreee, zreee, zreee" calls, what is it?

  • Firecrest
  • Goldcrest
  • Yellow-browed Warbler
  • Pallas's Warbler

Question 25 Photo

Which yellow-eyed Owl breeds in small numbers in the UK and is also a winter visitor to reed-beds?

  • Barn Owl
  • Tawny Owl
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Short-eared Owl

Question 26 Photo

Which large, garrulous Gull is a keen scavenger and whose "Kya-kya-kya" call is a fixture of many seaside towns in the UK?

  • Herring Gull
  • Common Gull
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Black-headed Gull

Question 27 Photo

What localised breeder in Scotland and member of the Grouse family prefers mountainsides and moults into its all-white plumage for winter?

  • Capercaillie
  • Red Grouse
  • Ptarmigan
  • Black Grouse

Question 28 Photo

What bird has made a remarkable comeback in the UK after a successful re-introduction scheme in the Chiltern Hills?

  • Rough-legged Buzzard
  • Black Kite
  • Montagu's Harrier
  • Red Kite

Question 29 Photo

What secretive and cryptically-plumaged bird is the only wader to inhabit moist woodland and can be seen at dawn and dusk?

  • Woodcock
  • Snipe
  • Whimbrel
  • Redshank

Question 30 Photo

And finally, what bird, also known as the 'Peewit', is a farmland bird and is a member of the Plover family?

  • Lapwing
  • Golden Plover
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Grey Plover