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Birds A-Z

Guess these birds whose names start with each letter A-Z.
Last updated: January 08, 2017
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Clue
Bird
A
It's bad luck for a sailor to kill one
Albatross
B
National animal of the U.S.
Bald Eagle
C
Long-necked waterfowl
and origami subject
Crane
D
Driven to extinction in the 1600's
Dodo
E
Flightless bird of Australia
Emu
F
Pink wading bird
Flamingo
G
A group of them is called a gaggle
Goose
H
Hovering nectar-eater
Hummingbird
I
Sacred to the ancient Egyptians
Ibis
J
Wild bird from which
chickens were domesticated
Junglefowl
K
National animal of New Zealand
Kiwi
L
Songbird that does things
on a whim?
Lark
M
Resembles a crow with black
and white plumage
Magpie
 
Clue
Bird
N
State bird of Hawaii
Nene
O
Largest bird
Ostrich
P
Its spectacular plumage
inspired NBC
Peafowl
Q
Game bird with tasty eggs
Quail
R
Like a crow but larger
Raven
S
Supposedly delivers babies
Stork
T
Gobble gobble
Turkey
U
American rainforest bird with a
large crest to keep it dry
Umbrellabird
V
Famous scavenger
Vulture
W
Pecks at tree trunks to find food
Woodpecker
X
 
 
Y
Bird whose call sounds
like Beethoven's 5th
Yellowhammer
Z
Has black and white stripes
and a bright red beak
Zebra Finch
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level 28
Mar 24, 2014
Need to accept more spellings for albatross. Fun quiz
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level 45
May 20, 2015
Why? There's only one correct spelling.
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level 40
Oct 11, 2015
I thought it had one s.
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level 72
Jun 19, 2018
If quizzes accept "Charles de Gaul", then they should also accept "albatros".
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level 46
Jul 4, 2018
why not? That is the better question.
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level 48
Mar 24, 2014
I tried rook for the R clue and it didn't take. I got all pissy, looked it up on Wikipedia and saw that the rooks are slightly smaller. Well played Jetpunk
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level 20
Mar 24, 2014
15/25. Birds aren't the first things that pop up into my brain
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level 43
Jul 12, 2018
Not a birdbrain, are you?
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level 70
Mar 25, 2014
Doesn't a woodpecker peck tree trunks to build a nest?
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level 52
Apr 20, 2014
And food.
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level 30
Nov 17, 2014
no woodpeckers peck trees to build nests and to store food. they eat acorns, worms seeds carrion
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level 39
Jan 30, 2015
They do peck trees to get food. They also do it to attract a mate.
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level 74
Mar 13, 2015
They peck at insects in the bark and worms in wormholes of the trees. They also peck to mark their territory.
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level 61
Jan 7, 2017
They peck on trees to annoy Walter Lantz.
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level 70
Jun 9, 2017
They peck on trees because that is woodpecker morse code. They send secret messages that way. I've actually cracked their code and have covertly listened in on some woodpecker conversations. They tell a lot of knock-knock jokes.
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level 57
Jun 9, 2017
Lordy, I hope there are tapes!
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level 36
Jun 12, 2017
Cwej if this were Reddit, I would give gold
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level 53
Mar 25, 2014
Tried zebra bird, but couldn't guess the finch part. Guess they're too small to see.
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level 62
Jun 10, 2017
Funny, I tried that first too (just from the description, otherwise I had no clue), then tried common extensions for birds. Didn't have to try hard though as I got it straight on the first attempt. Lucky guess!
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level 51
Mar 27, 2014
I would have gotten the "Y" bird if the clue had been, "The state bird of Alabama," but never having heard its call, I had no idea.
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level ∞
Jan 8, 2017
There are two different yellowhammers. The state bird is not the one with the call that sounds like Beethoven.
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level 7
Aug 1, 2014
Why was X missed X birds which should have been used: Xantus's Hummingbird Xantus's Murrelet Xavier's Greenbul Xinjiang Ground-Jay Xantus's Becard Xenops
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level 26
Nov 21, 2014
And what would you suggest the clues be?
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level 61
Jan 7, 2017
Bird that starts with X.
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level 28
Aug 6, 2014
19/25 ones i didn't get were very tricky
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level 36
Jan 5, 2015
I only missed nene, junglefowl, and yellowhammer. This is what comes of being married to a biologist.
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level 66
May 18, 2015
I wouldn't say magpies and ravens are merely "like" crows, given that they are crows; the word "crow" refers to the genus. I'm guessing you're comparing them with the carrion crow (which a lot of people just refer to as a crow), but a more accurate wording would be "A type of crow with black and white plumage" or "A large species of crow".
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level 75
Aug 11, 2015
Do Yellowhammers sound like Beethoven's fifth? I always thought they went "Little-bit-of-bread-and-no-cheese" whereas Beethoven's 5th goes something like "Da-da-da-DAAA".
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level 75
Jul 18, 2016
My mistake. It turns out that yellowhammer is used as a name for two different sorts of birds.
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level 66
Jun 9, 2017
I've not heard a yellowhammer's song before, but blue tits definitely sound like Beethoven's Fifth.
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level 70
Sep 22, 2016
The many flamingos I saw in the extreme south of Patagonia would beg to differ with this quiz on being designated 'tropical'. Well they would if they could talk and had any concept of such things. But yeah, some flamingos may be found in the tropics, but the majority of their range is outside the tropics and in some cases waaaaay outside the tropics.
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level ∞
Jan 8, 2017
Good to know! Removed tropical from the clue.
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level 70
Jun 11, 2017
They can be also seen in Cyprus and probably further north. Though is quite warm even in winter, it's nut exactly in the tropics.
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level 12
Nov 28, 2016
i knew letter D, i just thought it was doodoo bird =)
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level 82
Jun 2, 2017
You'll accept umbrellabird, but not umbrella cockatoo?
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level 41
Jun 9, 2017
Umbrella Bird. WTF?
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level 60
Jun 9, 2017
Turkey is in Asia!
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level 28
Jun 9, 2017
If you haven't watched storks, which I haven't you might not get S
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level 75
Jun 9, 2017
I haven't seen it and I still got it.
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level 65
Feb 22, 2018
The stork-delivery story has been around for more than 100 years. Even if you never heard it in real life, you could've learned it from, say, watching Dumbo in the 1940s.
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level 60
Jun 9, 2017
zizizizizizi zeee – sounds more like a rusty bike chain than Beethoven's 5th to me. For x you could look if you can find a good clue for a Xenops. It would probably be the least guessed of all these but at least you'd have a bird for every letter. Oh, and cranes are waterfowl? That's news to me.
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level 32
Jun 9, 2017
Shouldn't pheasant work as well?
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level 48
Jun 9, 2017
NBC logo wasn't inspired by a pheasant
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level 37
Jun 9, 2017
Nightime, DAYTIME!
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level 46
Jun 9, 2017
For the love of convenience and bad spelling, please accept albatros.
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level 58
Jun 10, 2017
Dang, I typed in junglehen, but sadly no. I just missed 3.
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level 51
Jun 13, 2017
Only got z as we kept them when I was a child, after my sister found one in the shed.
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level 65
Feb 22, 2018
I saw "spectacular plumage" and immediately tried "Parrot." When it didn't work, I tried to figure out what else I could call the Norwegian Blue that would start with "P," and then the rest of the clue sunk in.
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level 14
Jul 22, 2018
X should be Xenops. South American bird that starts with an X.
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