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Are you a bird nerd? This is a challenging 30-question bird identification trivia quiz testing your knowledge of birds of the Pacific Northwest by their photo.
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Are you a bird nerd? Take our PNW bird identification trivia quiz and find out. You can find other trivia quizzes on our website here.

The quiz consists of 30 questions asking you to identify the bird. They are NOT multiple choice — you must fill in the answers. As such, they do require you to spell correctly, though we’ve made a few allowances and we’ve adjusted for some alternate common names for birds. You can choose their scientific or common name, but the scientific name will NOT score you extra points.

The top scorers will show in the leaderboard below. And if you pass (75%) you can get a “certificate” if you care about such things. Note that we have discontinued profile badges on our website as we found that the system was having a signficant imact on site speed and usage.

Many bird photos of our own. Where we did not have one, we’ve used photos from places such as Unsplash that are permissable to use.

PNW Bird Identification Trivia Quiz

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Identify that Pacific Northwest Bird

Are you a bird nerd?

Challenge your knowledge of the birds of the PNW with this 30-question quiz.

This quiz is fairly difficult in that it is NOT multiple choice. It asks you to either type in the common or scientific name for the bird in the photo. Some birds are, of course, easier to identify than others but there is no “extra credit” either for the bird difficulty level or for using the scientific name — but you can do so if you want an extra challenge! But it’s not timed.

Answers are not case-sensitive, but they are spelling sensitive, though we’ve tried to anticipate some possible alternate spellings or colloquial names of certain birds.

This is a variable quiz in that it randomly takes 30 questions from a pretty large bank of questions about PNW birds and we are adding questions to our question bank as we go. So the quiz you take the first time may not be the quiz you take the second time.

A “passing” score is 75% — which we consider really good unelss you’re a bird expert.

Think we misidentified the bird? The questions have a “report” button in the lower right hand corner if you disagree with our identification.

Where we could, we used our own bird photos. If we used photos from photo sharing sites such as Pixabay or Unsplash, we attributed it in the individual question.

We’ve started awarding profile badges for quizzes again. If you want a badge on your profile, you need to take the quiz as a logged-in user and then click the link to say you want your badge that you’ll see in the success message when you pass the quiz.

If you would like to add your name to your quiz answers or receive an email with your quiz answers, you can fill in the fields below. This is NOT required. If you’d like to register and log in, you can keep track of your quizzes in your user account and earn badges if you take quizzes as a logged-in user.

Part of the bird’s name is directional.

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northern flicker
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Its name is suggestive of what might be its bottom color and a sound it makes.

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yellow rumped warbler
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There are a couple of types WITHIN this species. You do not need to be that specific.

Image source: Pixabay.

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Bewick's wren
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Image source: Unsplash

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Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
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Bald Eagle in Flight at Buck Lake scaled
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One part of the bird’s common name is the name of an animal.

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fox sparrow
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Image source: Pixabay

Part of the bird’s common name refers to the color of its head.

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golden-crowned sparrow
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Image source: Pixabay

Part of its common name refers to the sound it makes.

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Western screech owl
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Image source: Mike’s Birds on Flickr under a Creative Commons 2.0 license.

Answering this one according to its color will not work.

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Steller's Jay
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Image source: Pixabay.

The common name of the bird references its markings.

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Image source: ALAN SCHMIERER on Flickr.

If you sort of know which one this is and are trying to distinguish between two, this would be the “better” of them.

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greater scaup
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Image source: Jerry Kirkhart on Flickr under a creative commons license.

Part of the bird’s name is a word referring to the waves breaking on the shore or a sport one can do in the waves.

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surf scoter
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Image source: Don Owens on Flickr under a creative commons license.

Part of the bird’s name is a color.

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Purple martins
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part of the bird’s common name refers to its color

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black oystercatcher

Image source: unsplash

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varied thrush
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Part of this bird’s name refers to a color.

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Red tailed hawk
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Image source: Pexels.

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Brant
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Wood duck Pacific Northwest birding festivals featured image
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Part of the common name for this bird is the name of a tree.

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Cute Cedar Waxwing at Buck Lake 2 scaled
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This is the official Washington State bird!

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American Goldfinch at Poulsbo Fish Park scaled
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Part of this bird’s name refers to something on its head.

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Image source: Mike’s Birds on Flickr under a creative commons license.

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snowy owl
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Image source: pixabay.

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harleiquin duck
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Part of the common name refers to a color.

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Brown Pelican

This bird has a few different names. One refers to a country, another refers to a color. Another is a humorous colloquial name that refers to its behavior. Any of them, or the scientific name, will work here.

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Canada jay
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Image source: Pixabay.

Part of the bird’s name refers to a type of vegetation.

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tree swallow
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Image Source: Pixabay

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Red winged blackbird
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Part of its common name refers to its head color.

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white crowned sparrow
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Image source: Pixabay

Be specific. You cannot just say “seagull.”

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Glaucous Winged Gull
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The bird’s common name has the name of a country in it.

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American Crow
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Image source: Unsplash.

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The average score is 58%

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Leaderboard: Top Scorers

Pos.NameScoreDurationPoints
1Moses da Vulture100 %3 minutes 53 seconds30
2Guest87 %5 minutes 29 seconds26
3Guest37 %3 minutes 51 seconds11
4Guest33 %3 minutes 25 seconds10
5Guest33 %5 minutes 2 seconds10
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Identify that Pacific Northwest Bird

Are you a bird nerd? This is a challenging 30-question bird identification trivia quiz testing your knowledge of birds of the Pacific Northwest by their photo.
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