Specialist: British birds

From the quiz on 15/3/16. Download the audio for Q3 here.

  1. Cetti’s (Cettia cetti), Dartford (Sylvia undata) and reed (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) are common UK-native species of which group of small insectivorous songbirds? Warblers

  2. With binomial name Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, which native species of crow may be easily identified by its distinctive red bill and legs? (Red-billed) chough

  3. **Which member of the falcon family Falconidae has this distinctive alarm call? (Eurasian) hobby (Falco subbuteo)

  4. What is the common name of the nocturnal bird with binomial name Caprimulgus europaeus, whose genus name and former English name “goatsucker” both reflect the old belief that they sucked goats’ udders? (European) nightjar

  5. With binomial name Somateria mollissima and distinctive black-and-white males, which is both the heaviest and fastest-flying species of duck in the UK? (Common) eider


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