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See if you can identify the following bird species. All of these are found in the PNW region, as well as in many other parts of the country. Give common and scientific names, as well as whether they are adult birds and whether male or female. As an extra challenge, tell us in what habitats they are found and how they use them.

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Since this quiz has been up for a while, I am going to give the answers.

1) Long-billed curlew. Proportionately, this bird has the longest bill of any of the birds in the USA. It is a wading bird and is our largest member of the sandpiper family.

2) Townsend's warbler (male). This is one of those tough, small, quick birds that are hard to observe. They are often seen in and around evergreen trees during the breeding season. Often frustratingly high and hidden, even though you can here they song. During migration (as is the one in the photo) they are often found around riparian areas.

Things to notice are the yellow face and chest, black throat bib that turns into black streaks on the sides of the chest. The top of the head is black, and the yellow cheeks have black mask that goes through the eye and connects at the back of the head with the black cap. Vent (under tail region) is white. Back is green, wings are grayish, with 2 white bars on the upper parts.

3) Pied-billed grebe (juvenile). This duck-like bird is small, with a brown body, very short tail. Under parts are paler. This is a younger bird, so the two-tone quality of the bill is not as obvious. Though, adult birds have a black and bluish-white bill (pied) which gives them their name.

4) This is a common urban bird, with rather beautiful plumage. This is a rock dove (feral pigeon). The plumage can be highly variable, but this bird shows the typical markings of a wild bird. Gray overall, with twin dark bands on upper wings. Gray tail has a dark band across it, near the tip. Nape (rear of neck) has a purple/green iridescent patch. Head is small for its body size.

5) Mallard (male). This very common duck is in its breeding colors. Notice the bright orange feet. The grayish belly, black rump and white tail. Wings in shades of grays and tans. What gives it away immediately as a male mallard is the distinctive curly cue black tail feathers.

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