Common British Passerines

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Correct! This species is called a House Martin, with its pure white underparts as well as a white rump and short forked tail. The bird's mud nest is usually sited below the eaves of buildings. They are summer migrants and spend their winters in Africa. Although still numerous and widespread, recent moderate declines earn them a place on the Amber List. Incorrect. This species is called a House Martin, with its pure white underparts as well as a white rump and short forked tail. Swifts are larger birds with a dark underside, long, scythe-like wings and a short, forked tail. Like the House Martins and Swallows, it is also a Summer migrant and spends its winters in Africa. Incorrect. This species is called a House Martin, with its pure white underparts as well as a white rump and short forked tail. Although they belong to the same family, swallows have distinctive red throats and long tail streamers. They are extremely agile in flight and spend most of their time on the wing. Incorrect. This species is called a House Martin, with its pure white underparts as well as a white rump and short forked tail. Pied Wagtails also have a black and white plumage, but they possess a black beak, have long slender legs, with long hindclaws and a long-rectangular tail that they characteristically are frequently “wagging”. Incorrect. This species is called a House Martin, with its pure white underparts as well as a white rump and short forked tail. Starlings are bigger birds with long legs and although its adult plumage may seem black in the distance, it is actually very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens. Unlike swifts, swallows and house-martins they walk and run confidently on the ground.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Swallow, with its distinctive glossy dark blue backs, red throats and long tail streamers. Swifts are larger birds with a dark underside, long, scythe-like wings and a short, forked tail. Like the House Martins and Swallows, it is also a Summer migrant and spends its winters in Africa. Incorrect. This species is called a Swallow, with its distinctive glossy dark blue backs, red throats and long tail streamers. Blackbirds are bigger birds with long legs and although the males have a distinctive black plumage with bright orange beaks and eye rings, the female blackbird is brown, often with spots and streaks on their breasts. Correct! Swallows have distinctive glossy dark blue backs, red throats and long tail streamers. They are extremely agile in flight and spend most of their time on the wing. They are found in areas where there is a ready and accessible supply of small insects and are particularly fond of open pasture with access to water and quiet farm buildings. Incorrect. This species is called a Swallow, with its distinctive glossy dark blue backs, red throats and long tail streamers. Unlike Swallows, House Martins have pure white underparts as well as a white rump and short forked tail. Incorrect. This species is called a Swallow, with its distinctive glossy dark blue backs, red throats and long tail streamers. Blue Tits, with longer legs and shorter beaks, are actually a colourful mix of blue, yellow, green and white, and unlike Swallows, are permanent residents in the UK.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Pied Wagtail, with its black and white plumage, black beak, long hindclaws and a long-rectangular “wagging” tail. Starlings are bigger birds whose adult plumage may seem black in the distance, but it is actually very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens, and does not have white colouring in its head and underside. Correct! This species is called a Pied Wagtail, with its black and white plumage, black beak, long hindclaws and a long-rectangular tail that, in accordance to their common name, they frequently “wag”. Best looked for near water and can be found in most habitats, even town centres. They gather together in large roosts at dusk, sometimes in towns, often assembling on roofs beforehand. Incorrect. This species is called a Pied Wagtail, with its black and white plumage, black beak, long hindclaws and a long-rectangular “wagging” tail. The coal tit is a small bird with a distinctive grey back, black cap, and white patch at the back of its neck. In Winter they join with other tits to form flocks which roam through woodlands and gardens in search of food. Incorrect. This species is called a Pied Wagtail, with its black and white plumage, black beak, long hindclaws and a long-rectangular “wagging” tail. The Nuthatch is actually a plump bird with a blue-grey back and whitish underside, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail. It has a long black stripe covering its eyes, a long black pointed bill, and short legs. Incorrect. This species is called a Pied Wagtail, with its black and white plumage, black beak, long hindclaws and a long-rectangular “wagging” tail. Blackbirds are bigger birds with long legs and although the males have a distinctive black plumage with bright orange beaks and eye rings, the female blackbird is brown, often with spots and streaks on their breasts.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Dunnock, a small brown bird with grey plumage around the eyes and in the neck area. The Tree Creeper has a long, slender, downcurved bill, its underside is mainly white and, as its name indicates, it lives in trees, often being found vertically climbing the trunks. Incorrect. This species is called a Dunnock, a small brown bird with grey plumage around the eyes and in the neck area. The Nuthatch is actually a plump bird with a blue-grey back and whitish underside, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail and a long black stripe covering its eyes. Incorrect. This species is called a Dunnock, a small brown bird with grey plumage around the eyes and in the neck area. Wrens are even smaller birds with a plumage in different brownish tones and a short, narrow tail which is sometimes cocked up vertically. Incorrect. This species is called a Dunnock, a small brown bird with grey plumage around the eyes and in the neck area. Although House Sparrows can look similar, they have distinctly thicker beaks and the area around the eyes can be light brown in females or a more intense brown in males, with no light grey in the neck. Correct! This species is called a Dunnock, a small brown bird with grey plumage around the eyes and in the neck area. They inhabit any well vegetated areas with scrub, brambles and hedges, and keep largely on the ground and often close to cover. When two rival males come together they become animated with lots of wing-flicking and loud calling.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Wren, one of the smallest birds in the UK. Its plumage takes in different brownish tones, it has an almost rounded shape, a fine bill and a narrow tail which is sometimes cocked up vertically. The female Chaffinch is quite similar to a female House Sparrow, with their thick beaks, but the male has a beautiful reddish underside plumage that goes up until the face and makes the species easily recognizable. Incorrect. This species is called a Wren, one of the smallest birds in the UK. Its plumage takes in different brownish tones, it has an almost rounded shape, a fine bill and a narrow tail which is sometimes cocked up vertically. Both the male and female Robin have a characteristic bright red breast, surrounded by a grey patch, with a brown back and white underside. Correct! This species is called a Wren, one of the smallest birds in the UK. Its plumage takes in different brownish tones, it is dumpy, almost rounded, with a fine bill, very short round wings and a short, narrow tail which is sometimes cocked up vertically. It’s a rather inconspicuous bird, except for its very loud and often complex songs. Incorrect. This species is called a Wren, one of the smallest birds in the UK. Its plumage takes in different brownish tones, it has an almost rounded shape, a fine bill and a narrow tail which is sometimes cocked up vertically. House Sparrows are bigger and have distinctly thicker beaks. Incorrect. This species is called a Wren, one of the smallest birds in the UK. Its plumage takes in different brownish tones, it has an almost rounded shape, a fine bill and a narrow tail which is sometimes cocked up vertically. A Dunnock is a small brown bird with grey plumage around the eyes and in the neck area.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Correct! This species is called a Robin. Both the male and female have a characteristic bright red breast, surrounded by a grey patch, with a brown back and white underside. Robins sing nearly all year round and despite their cute appearance, they are aggressively territorial and are quick to drive away intruders. Incorrect. This species is called a Robin. Both the male and female have a characteristic bright red breast, surrounded by a grey patch, with a brown back and white underside. The female Chaffinch is quite similar to a female House Sparrow, with their thick beaks, but the male also has a beautiful reddish underside plumage that goes up until the face. Unlike the Robin, the Chaffinch has the typical thick bill of finches. Incorrect. This species is called a Robin. Both the male and female have a characteristic bright red breast, surrounded by a grey patch, with a brown back and white underside. The Song Thrush is bigger, with a white underside speckled with darker spots. Incorrect. This species is called a Robin. Both the male and female have a characteristic bright red breast, surrounded by a grey patch, with a brown back and white underside. House Sparrows are brown birds, without the red feathering in their chest area and have distinctly thicker beaks. Incorrect. This species is called a Robin. Both the male and female have a characteristic bright red breast, surrounded by a grey patch, with a brown back and white underside. A Dunnock is a small brown bird with grey plumage around the eyes and in the neck area.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This is a female Blackbird. Although the males have a distinctive black plumage, the female blackbird is brown, often with spots and streaks on their breasts. However, both males and females possess a characteristic bright orange beaks and eye rings. Starlings’ adult plumage may seem black in the distance, but it is actually very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens, and they do not possess the orange eye rings. Incorrect. This is a female Blackbird. Although the males have a distinctive black plumage, the female blackbird is brown, often with spots and streaks on their breasts. However, both males and females possess a characteristic bright orange beaks and eye rings. A Pied Wagtail has black and white plumage, a black beak and a long-rectangular tail that, in accordance to their common name, they frequently “wag”. Incorrect. This is a female Blackbird. Although the males have a distinctive black plumage, the female blackbird is brown, often with spots and streaks on their breasts. However, both males and females possess a characteristic bright orange beaks and eye rings. The Song Thrush has a white underside speckled with darker spots, and does not possess the orange beak and eye rings. Incorrect. This is a female Blackbird. Although the males have a distinctive black plumage, the female blackbird is brown, often with spots and streaks on their breasts. However, both males and females possess a characteristic bright orange beaks and eye rings. Nightingales are smaller birds, only slighter larger than a Robin, with different tones of brown plumage and a a darker beak than the Blackbird. Correct! This is a female Blackbird. Although the males have a distinctive black plumage, the female blackbird is brown, often with spots and streaks on their breasts. However, both males and females possess a characteristic bright orange beaks and eye rings. They are one of the commonest UK birds, residing here all year long.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Song Thrush, with its brown and light cream plumage and white underside speckled with darker spots. House Sparrows are smaller, without the white spotted underside, and with a characteristically thick “finch-like” beak. Incorrect. This species is called a Song Thrush, with its brown and light cream plumage and white underside speckled with darker spots. The Nuthatch is actually a plump bird with a blue-grey back and whitish underside, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail and a long black stripe covering its eyes. Incorrect. This species is called a Song Thrush, with its brown and light cream plumage and white underside speckled with darker spots. Nightingales are smaller birds, only slighter larger than a Robin, with different tones of brown plumage and no spots. 'Correct.! This species is called a Song Thrush, with its brown and light cream plumage and white underside speckled with darker spots. It likes to eat snails which it breaks into by smashing them against a stone with a flick of the head. Their numbers are declining dangerously, making it a Red List species. Incorrect. This species is called a Song Thrush, with its brown and light cream plumage and white underside speckled with darker spots. Although the female blackbird is brown, often with spots and streaks on their breasts, the spots are not dark and, like the completely black males, they have distinctive bright orange beaks and eye rings.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Blue Tit, with its white face and blue cap, and a colourful mix of yellow, green and blue in the body. Not as colourful as some of its relatives, the coal tit has a distinctive grey back, black cap, and white patch at the back of its neck. Its smaller, slenderer bill than blue or great tits means it can feed more successfully in conifer trees. Incorrect. This species is called a Blue Tit, with its white face and blue cap, and a colourful mix of yellow, green and blue in the body. Both the male and female Robin have a characteristic bright red breast, surrounded by a grey patch, with a brown back and white underside. Correct! This species is called a Blue Tit, with its white face and blue cap, and a colourful mix of yellow, green and blue in the body. They have a small beak they use to eat insects, caterpillars, seeds and nuts and are common sightings in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Incorrect. This species is called a Blue Tit, with its white face and blue cap, and a colourful mix of yellow, green and blue in the body. The Great Tit is the largest UK tit and it has a black cap instead of blue, with a yellow and green body. It can be quite aggressive at a birdtable, fighting off smaller tits. Incorrect. This species is called a Blue Tit, with its white face and blue cap, and a colourful mix of yellow, green and blue in the body. A Dunnock is a small brown bird with grey plumage around the eyes and in the neck area.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Correct! This species is called a Coal Tit, with its distinctive grey back, black cap, and white patch at the back of its neck. Not as colourful as some of its relatives, the coal tit has a smaller, slenderer bill than blue or great tits, which means it can feed more successfully in conifer trees. A regular visitor to most peanut feeders, they will take and store food to eat later. Incorrect. This species is called a Coal Tit, with its distinctive grey back, black cap, and white patch at the back of its neck. Not as colourful as some of its relatives, the coal tit has a smaller, slenderer bill than blue or great tits. A House Martin has very short legs, with pure white underparts as well as a white rump and short forked tail. Incorrect. This species is called a Coal Tit, with its distinctive grey back, black cap, and white patch at the back of its neck. Not as colourful as some of its relatives, the coal tit has a smaller, slenderer bill than blue or great tits. A Blue Tit has a white face and blue cap, and a colourful mix of yellow, green and blue in the body. Incorrect. This species is called a Coal Tit, with its distinctive grey back, black cap, and white patch at the back of its neck. Not as colourful as some of its relatives, the coal tit has a smaller, slenderer bill than blue or great tits. The Great Tit is the largest UK tit and it has a yellow and green body. It can be quite aggressive at a birdtable, fighting off smaller tits. Incorrect. This species is called a Coal Tit, with its distinctive grey back, black cap, and white patch at the back of its neck. Not as colourful as some of its relatives, the coal tit has a smaller, slenderer bill than blue or great tits. The female Chaffinch is quite similar to a female House Sparrow, with their thick beaks, but the male has a beautiful reddish underside plumage that goes up until the face and makes the species easily recognizable.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Great Tit, with its black cap, white cheeks and yellow and green body and it is the largest UK tit. The Coal Tit has a grey back, black cap, and white patch at the back of its neck, as well as a slenderer bill. Incorrect. This species is called a Great Tit, with its black cap, white cheeks and yellow and green body and it is the largest UK tit. A House Martin has very short legs, with pure white underparts as well as a white rump and short forked tail. Incorrect. This species is called a Great Tit, with its black cap, white cheeks and yellow and green body and it is the largest UK tit. A Blue Tit has a white face and blue cap, and a colourful mix of yellow, green and blue in the body. Correct! This species is called a Great Tit, with its black cap, white cheeks and yellow and green body. It is the largest UK tit and it can be quite aggressive at a birdtable, fighting off smaller tits. In Winter, it joins with blue tits and others to form roaming flocks which scour gardens and countryside for food. Incorrect. This species is called a Great Tit, with its black cap, white cheeks and yellow and green body and it is the largest UK tit. The Greenfinch is a bigger bird, with a finch-like thick beak. The male is predominantly green and grey, with some yellow flashed in the wings, while the female tends to be browner, but still maintaining some green and yellow feathers.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Tree Creeper, with its long, slender, downcurved bill, its mainly white underside and speckly brown back. It lives in trees, often being found vertically climbing the trunks. The Nuthatch is actually a plump bird with a blue-grey back and whitish underside, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail and a long black stripe covering its eyes. Correct! This species is called a Tree Creeper, with its long, slender, downcurved bill, its mainly white underside and speckly brown back. It is a small, very active bird, and as its name indicates, it lives in trees, often being found vertically climbing the trunks. They are UK residents and although they leave their breeding territories in autumn, most range no further than 20 km. Incorrect. This species is called a Tree Creeper, with its long, slender, downcurved bill, its mainly white underside and speckly brown back. It lives in trees, often being found vertically climbing the trunks. Wrens are even smaller birds with a plumage in different brownish tones and a short, narrow tail which is sometimes cocked up vertically. Incorrect. This species is called a Tree Creeper, with its long, slender, downcurved bill, its mainly white underside and speckly brown back. It lives in trees, often being found vertically climbing the trunks. Although House Sparrows can look similar, they have distinctly thicker and shorter beaks and are not adept at vertical climbs. Incorrect. This species is called a Tree Creeper, with its long, slender, downcurved bill, its mainly white underside and speckly brown back. It lives in trees, often being found vertically climbing the trunks. A Dunnock possesses a small brown grey plumage around the eyes and in the neck area, and shorter nails.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Chaffinch, with its short legs and finch-like thick beak. The female Chaffinch is quite similar to a female House Sparrow, with their brownish plumage, but the male has a beautiful reddish underside that goes up until the face and makes the species easily recognizable. Both the male and female Robin have a characteristic bright red breast, surrounded by a grey patch, with a brown back and white underside. They also have a much thinner beak than the Chaffinch. Correct! This species is called a Chaffinch, with its short legs and finch-like thick beak. The female Chaffinch is quite similar to a female House Sparrow, with their brownish plumage, but the male has a beautiful reddish underside that goes up until the face and makes the species easily recognizable. You'll usually hear chaffinches before you see them, with their loud song and varied calls. Incorrect. This species is called a Chaffinch, with its short legs and finch-like thick beak. The female Chaffinch is quite similar to a female House Sparrow, with their brownish plumage, but the male has a beautiful reddish underside that goes up until the face and makes the species easily recognizable. The male Greenfinch is predominantly green and grey, with some yellow flashed in the wings, while the female tends to be browner, but still maintaining some green and yellow feathers. Incorrect. This species is called a Chaffinch. The female Chaffinch is quite similar to a female House Sparrow, with their brownish plumage, but the male has a beautiful reddish underside that goes up until the face and makes the species easily recognizable. The House Sparrow’s beak also possesses a yellowish colour, unlike the pinkish or dark beak of the Chaffinch. Incorrect. This species is called a Chaffinch. The female is quite similar to a female House Sparrow, with their brownish plumage, but the male has a beautiful reddish underside that goes up until the face and makes the species easily recognizable. A Goldfinch is a highly-coloured finch with a bright red face and yellow wing patch.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Goldfinch with its bright red face and yellow wing patch. The Robin has a characteristic bright red breast, surrounded by a grey patch, with a brown back and white underside. They also have a much thinner beak than the Goldfinch. Incorrect. This species is called a Goldfinch, with its bright red face and yellow wing patch. The male Chaffinch has a beautiful reddish underside that goes up until the face and makes the species easily recognizable, while the female Chaffinch has a brownish plumage. Incorrect. This species is called a Goldfinch with its bright red face and yellow wing patch. The male Greenfinch is predominantly green and grey, with some yellow flashed in the wings, while the female tends to be browner, but still maintaining some green and yellow feathers. Incorrect. This species is called a Goldfinch with its bright red face and yellow wing patch. The House Sparrow has an overall brownish plumage and its beak possesses a yellowish colour, unlike the pink beak of the Goldfinch. Correct! This species is called a Goldfinch, with its bright red face and yellow wing patch. Their long fine beaks allow them to extract otherwise inaccessible seeds from thistles and teasels and in Winter many UK goldfinches migrate as far south as Spain.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Greenfinch. The male is predominantly green and grey, with some yellow flashes in the wings, and the female is mostly brown, with some green and yellow feathers. The Robin has a characteristic bright red breast, surrounded by a grey patch, with a brown back and white underside. They also have a much thinner beak than the Greenfinch. Incorrect. This species is called a Greenfinch. The male is predominantly green and grey, with some yellow flashes in the wings, and the female is mostly brown, with some green and yellow feathers. The male Chaffinch has a beautiful reddish underside that goes up until the face and makes the species easily recognizable, while the female Chaffinch has a brownish plumage without the yellow wing feathers. Correct! This species is called a Greenfinch. The male is predominantly green and grey, with some yellow flashes in the wings, while the female tends to be browner, but still maintaining some green and yellow feathers. A recent decline in numbers has been linked to an outbreak of Trichomoniasis, a disease which prevents the birds from feeding properly. Incorrect. This species is called a Greenfinch. The male is predominantly green and grey, with some yellow flashes in the wings, and the female is mostly brown, with some green and yellow feathers. The House Sparrow has an overall brownish plumage and its beak possesses a yellowish colour, unlike the pink beak of the Greenfinch. Incorrect. This species is called a Greenfinch. The male is predominantly green and grey, with some yellow flashes in the wings, and the female is mostly brown, with some green and yellow feathers. A Goldfinch is a highly-coloured finch with a bright red face and yellow wing patch.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a House Sparrow with its overall brownish plumage and its yellowish thick beak. The area around the eyes can be light brown in females or a more intense brown in males. A Dunnock is also a small brown bird but it has grey plumage around the eyes and in the neck area. Incorrect. This species is called a House Sparrow with its overall brownish plumage and its yellowish thick beak. The area around the eyes can be light brown in females or a more intense brown in males. Wrens are even smaller birds with very thin beaks, a plumage in different brownish tones and a short, narrow tail which is sometimes cocked up vertically. Incorrect. This species is called a House Sparrow with its overall brownish plumage and its yellowish thick beak. The area around the eyes can be light brown in females or a more intense brown in males. The Nuthatch is actually a plump bird with a blue-grey back and whitish underside, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail and a long black stripe covering its eyes. Correct! This species is called a House Sparrow with its overall brownish plumage and its yellowish thick beak. The area around the eyes can be light brown in females or a more intense brown in males. Noisy and gregarious, they have managed to colonise most of the world. Incorrect. This species is called a House Sparrow with its overall brownish plumage and its yellowish thick beak. The area around the eyes can be light brown in females or a more intense brown in males. The Song Thrush is a bigger bird with brown and light cream plumage and white underside speckled with darker spots.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Nuthatch, a plump bird with a blue-grey back, chestnut on its sides and under its tail and a long black stripe covering its eyes. A Dunnock is a small brown bird with grey plumage around the eyes and in the neck area. Incorrect. This species is called a Nuthatch, a plump bird with a blue-grey back, chestnut on its sides and under its tail and a long black stripe covering its eyes. The Tree Creeper also has a long, slender bill, but unlike the Nuthatch, it has a downcurved shape, and it has a mainly white underside and speckly brown back. Incorrect. This species is called a Nuthatch, a plump bird with a blue-grey back, chestnut on its sides and under its tail and a long black stripe covering its eyes. The Great Spotted Woodpecker is a bigger bird mainly black and white, with some red patches under the tail and the head in males and juveniles. Incorrect. This species is called a Nuthatch, a plump bird with a blue-grey back, chestnut on its sides and under its tail and a long black stripe covering its eyes. A Goldfinch is a highly-coloured finch, with a short thick beak, a bright red face and yellow wing patch. Correct! This species is called a Nuthatch, a plump bird about the size of a great tit, with a blue-grey back and whitish underside, with chestnut on its sides and under its tail and a long black stripe covering its eyes. It breeds throughout England and Wales and has recently began to breed in southern Scotland. It is a resident, with birds seldom travelling far from the woods where they hatch.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Jay, the most colourful member of the Corvid family. The Magpie has a very long tail and a black and white plumage that takes on an iridescent purplish-blue sheen to the wing feathers and a green gloss to the tail when seen more up close. Incorrect. This species is called a Jay, the most colourful member of the Corvid family. The Jackdaw is a small black corvid, with a distinctive silvery sheen to the back of its head and pale grey eyes. It will commonly nest in chimneys, buildings, rock crevices and tree holes. Incorrect. This species is called a Jay, the most colourful member of the Corvid family. The Great Spotted Woodpecker is mainly black and white, with some red patches under the tail and the head in males and juveniles. Correct! This species is called a Eurasian Jay, and they are the most colourful members of the Corvid family. They are shy woodland birds, rarely moving far from cover. Jays are famous for their acorn feeding habits and in the Autumn you may see them burying acorns for retrieving later in the winter. Incorrect. This species is called a Jay, the most colourful member of the Corvid family. The distinctive Crow is completely black and is one of the cleverest, most adaptable British birds.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This corvid species is called a Carrion Crow, a very distinctive completely black bird. The Magpie has a very long tail and a black and white plumage that takes on an iridescent purplish-blue sheen to the wing feathers and a green gloss to the tail when seen more up close. Incorrect. This corvid species is called a Carrion Crow, a very distinctive completely black bird. The Jackdaw is a small black corvid, with a distinctive silvery sheen to the back of its head and pale grey eyes. Incorrect. This corvid species is called a Carrion Crow, a very distinctive completely black bird. Starlings are smaller birds and although its adult plumage may seem black in the distance, it is actually very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens. Incorrect. This corvid species is called a Carrion Crow, a very distinctive completely black bird. The female blackbird is brown, often with spots and streaks on their breasts. The male blackbird is completely black, but both genders have distinctive bright orange beaks and eye rings, and are smaller than crows. Correct! This species is called a Carrion Crow, a very distinctive completely black bird, and also one of the cleverest, most adaptable British avian species. They are omnivorous and will eat carrion, insects, worms, seeds, fruit, eggs and any scraps.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Correct! This corvid species is called a Magpie. It has a very long tail and a black and white plumage that takes on an iridescent purplish-blue sheen to the wing feathers and a green gloss to the tail when seen more up close. They are seen in a range of habitats from lowland farmland to upland moors. Incorrect. This corvid species is called a Magpie, with its very long tail and a black and white plumage that takes on an iridescent purplish-blue sheen to the wing feathers and a green gloss to the tail when seen more up close. The Jackdaw is a small black corvid, with a distinctive silvery sheen to the back of its head and pale grey eyes. Incorrect. This corvid species is called a Magpie, with its very long tail and a black and white plumage that takes on an iridescent purplish-blue sheen to the wing feathers and a green gloss to the tail when seen more up close. Starlings are smaller birds and although its adult plumage may seem overall black in the distance, it is actually very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens. Incorrect. This corvid species is called a Magpie, with its very long tail and a black and white plumage that takes on an iridescent purplish-blue sheen to the wing feathers and a green gloss to the tail when seen more up close. The Jay is the most colourful member of the Corvid family, and its underside takes on cream tones, where the magpie is mainly white. Incorrect. This corvid species is called a Magpie, with its very long tail and a black and white plumage that takes on an iridescent purplish-blue sheen to the wing feathers and a green gloss to the tail when seen more up close. The Carrion Crow is a very distinctive completely black bird, and also one of the cleverest, most adaptable British avian species.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Starling, with its yellow beak and its dark glossy plumage with a sheen of purples and greens, that appears overall black in the distance. The Carrion Crow is a very distinctive completely black bird, considerably bigger than a starling. Incorrect. This species is called a Starling, with its yellow beak and its dark glossy plumage with a sheen of purples and greens, that appears overall black in the distance. The Jackdaw is a black corvid, with a distinctive silvery sheen to the back of its head and pale grey eyes, and is also bigger than the Starling. Correct! This species is called a Starling. They are smaller than blackbirds, and their adult plumage may seem overall black in the distance, but it is actually very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens. Noisy and gregarious, starlings spend a lot of the year in flocks. Incorrect. This species is called a Starling, with its yellow beak and its dark glossy plumage with a sheen of purples and greens, that appears overall black in the distance. The Blackbird is slightly bigger in size and completely black in plumage with bright orange beak and eye rings. Incorrect. This species is called a Starling, with its yellow beak and its dark glossy plumage with a sheen of purples and greens, that appears overall black in the distance. The Jay is the most colourful member of the Corvid family, with a plumage of bright blue, white and cream tones.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Incorrect. This species is called a Jackdaw, a black corvid with a distinctive silvery sheen to the back of its head and pale grey eyes. The Carrion Crow is a very distinctive completely black bird, slightly bigger than the Jackdaw. Correct! This species is called a Jackdaw, a black corvid with a distinctive silvery sheen to the back of its head and pale grey eyes. The jackdaw call is a familiar hard 'tchack' from which it gets its name. It will commonly nest in chimneys, buildings, rock crevices and tree holes. Incorrect. This species is called a Jackdaw, a black corvid with a distinctive silvery sheen to the back of its head and pale grey eyes. A Starling is smaller in size and their adult plumage may seem overall black in the distance, but it is actually very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens. Incorrect. This species is called a Jackdaw, a black corvid with a distinctive silvery sheen to the back of its head and pale grey eyes. The Blackbird is a smaller bird in size and completely black in plumage with bright orange beak and eye rings. Incorrect. This species is called a Jackdaw, a black corvid with a distinctive silvery sheen to the back of its head and pale grey eyes. The Magpie has a very long tail and a black and white plumage that takes on an iridescent purplish-blue sheen to the wing feathers and a green gloss to the tail when seen more up close.

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What species of Passerine bird is this?

Please select an option Correct! This species is called a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Woodpeckers actually belong to the Picidae family, a group of near-passerine birds. The Great Spotted Woodpecker is mainly black and white, with some red patches under the tail and the head in males and juveniles. It has a very distinctive bouncing flight and spends most of its time clinging to tree trunks and branches, often trying to hide on the side away from the observer. Its presence is often announced by its loud call or by its distinctive spring 'drumming' display. Incorrect. This species is called a Great Spotted Woodpecker, with its mainly black and white plumage, and some red patches under the tail and the head in males and juveniles. Pied Wagtails also have a black and white plumage, but they have no red strikes and they have rectangular tail that they characteristically are frequently “wagging”. Incorrect. This species is called a Great Spotted Woodpecker, with its mainly black and white plumage, and some red patches under the tail and the head in males and juveniles. A Starling’s adult plumage may seem overall black in the distance, but it is actually very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens. Incorrect. This species is called a Great Spotted Woodpecker, with its mainly black and white plumage, and some red patches under the tail and the head in males and juveniles. The Jay is the most colourful member of the Corvid family, with a plumage of bright blue, white and cream tones. Incorrect. This species is called a Great Spotted Woodpecker, with its mainly black and white plumage, and some red patches under the tail and the head in males and juveniles. The Magpie has a very long tail and a black and white plumage that takes on an iridescent purplish-blue sheen to the wing feathers and a green gloss to the tail when seen more up close.

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