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Quiz Time! – Birds Large & Small

October 21, 2013

First: factoid-of-the-day.

Birds are usually measured in grams.
A nickel weighs 5 grams.   Just to refresh your memory…1 gram is one thousandth of a kilogram (2.2 pounds) or… a box of 333 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (@ 3 grams each) would equal a kilogram or a smaller box of only 150 Ruby-throats would equal a pound.   Remember that next time you’re at See’s Candies looking for chocolate-covered treats!

Female Belted Kingfisher (C. Bragg 11/25/12)

Female Belted Kingfisher
(C. Bragg 11/25/12)

Island Scrub-Jay (Stephen Francis Oct. '07)

Island Scrub-Jay
(Stephen Francis Oct. ’07)

Now for the quiz!   Which bird weighs more?

Belted Kingfisher or Western Scrub-Jay ?

American Goldfinch or Yellow Warbler ?

Mourning Dove or Yellow-billed Magpie ?

European Starling or Northern Mockingbird ?

Female Cooper’s Hawk or Female Peregrine Falcon ?

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European Starling - noted cavity nester (J.Kenney 3/13/10)

European Starling – noted cavity nester (J.Kenney 3/13/10)

Northern Mockingbird (J.Kenney 3/13/10)

Northern Mockingbird
(J.Kenney 3/13/10)

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ANSWERS

A – Belted Kingfisher (150 grams) vs. Western Scrub-Jay (85 grams)
A – American Goldfinch (13 grams) vs. Yellow Warbler (9.3 grams)
B – Mourning Dove (120 grams) vs. Yellow-billed Magpie (155 grams)
A – European Starling (82 grams) vs. Northern Mockingbird (49 grams)
B – Female Cooper’s Hawk (650 grams) vs. Female Peregrine Falcon (1300 grams)
[Ellen Vahan]
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