This quiz is on birds with "American" in their name. There are more than you probably realize! How many of these American birds can you recall?
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American Birds Pop Quiz
How Well Do You Know American Birds?

BWD Managing Editor Dawn HewittBy Dawn Hewitt
Managing Editor | Bird Watcher's Digest

Hoping that you’re still basking in a patriotic glow after the Independence Day holiday, this week’s BirdWire quiz will focus on American birds. Not U.S. endemics (although that would make a good quiz), nothing about bald eagles, and not red, white, and blue birds. Rather, this quiz is on birds with “American” in their name. There are more than you probably realize! How many of these American birds can you recall? Take our quiz and find out!

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American Bird Question #1
Let’s start with an easy one: This orange- (not red- ) breasted thrush is found from Alaska to Florida and California to Newfoundland, and is not a reliable harbinger of spring. Hint: There’s no more sobbin’ when it comes bobbin’ along.
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American Bird Question #2
American Bird Question #2
This familiar all-black beauty is also found coast-to-coast in the Lower 48 but is more common in the East. Known for its intelligence and adaptability, it is often seen in small family groups or in large flocks. Hint: It’s only a murder if there’s probable caws.
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American Bird Question #3
American Bird Question #3
Name two ducks with "American" in their names. Hint: One is an eastern resident, a dark cousin of the mallard. The other can be found in all 50 states at some time of year and has a white forehead.
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Events and Happenings
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American Birding Expo 2018
Keynote Presentation #2 at the 2018 American Birding Expo: Carrie Barron
Join Carrie Barron, Assistant Director of the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, as she introduces you to the exciting world of Birds of Prey. Learn about amazing adaptations that make them the top predators of the sky. She will be bringing both a non-releasable eastern screech-owl and a great horned owl for an up-close experience.
This Birding Life #81: Birding Columbia, Part I
This Birding Life Episode #81: Birding in Colombia Part 1: Santa Marta Mountains
In Part 1 of Birding in Colombia, TBL host Bill Hompson, III, joins a group of avid birders in the Santa Marta region of northern Colombia to explore the Northern Colombia Birding Trail. Besides amazing birding and lots of endemics, he encounters a new generation of excellent local birding guides poised to accommodate an influx of ecotourists to this newly opened birding destination.
Out There with the Birds #37: Go West, Old Men!
Out There with the Birds Episode #37: Go West, Old Men!
Recorded live in three parts during the recent Bird Watcher's Digest Reader Rendezvous trip to northern Colorado, this episode features lots of voices. Bill and Ben welcome special guest Clay Taylor of Swarovski Optik to talk about birding optics and his most recent life bird. BWD's own Emily Jones joins in as do many of the Rendezvous participants, to talk about favorite birds, life birds, good food, Pawnee Grasslands, and the ever-majestic Rocky Mountain National Park. Oh, and, in case you didn't know, the "p" in ptarmigan is silent.
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The Silence Falls, by Scott Weidensaul
Most birders rely on their ears to find birds, but the author noticed a decline in his hearing by the time he was 30. No one is ashamed to wear glasses, so why are hearing aids embarrassing?
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