Bird Identification Quiz #3 | Name This Bird | Test Your Knowledge

Bird Identification Quiz #3 | Name This Bird | Test Your Knowledge

Bird Identification Quiz #3- Can you Name This Bird?

Here is the third in a series of quizzes to test your bird identification skills. Each picture highlights a different part of the bird, with a helpful clue along the way; challenge your children and co-workers as well!

The answer can be found at the bottom of this post along with some interesting facts about this bird that you may or may not know. No peaking, please… Good Luck!

Clue #1: This bird’s favorite foods include Thistle seed as well as Black-Oil Sunflower seed.

Do you recognize these little feet? Bird Identification Clue #1 (Photo- Karen Hance)
Do you recognize these little feet? (Photo- Karen Hance)


Clue #2: This bird is the “State Bird” of Washington, Iowa and New Jersey, USA.

I'll bet these wings are a big help... Bird Identification Clue #2 (Photo- Karen Hance)
I’ll bet these wings are a big help… (Photo- Karen Hance)


Clue #3: This bird is often referred to as a “wild Canary”.

Does the tail help at all? Bird Identification Clue #3 (Photo- Karen Hance)
Does the tail help at all? (Photo- Karen Hance)


Clue #4: Their color turns dull in winter and bright in late spring and summer.

I think you may have it now with this head... Bird Identification Clue #4 (Photo- Karen Hance)
I think you may have it now with this head… (Photo- Karen Hance)


Did you guess correctly? Comment below if you figured it out from the pictures alone or if the clues helped.

If you guessed American Goldfinch, then Congratulations! You’re on your way to becoming a birding expert.

Did you know?

  1. Goldfinches are between 4 1/2 – 5 1/2 inches (11-14 cm) long & weigh from 1/3 – 1/2 ounce (11-13 g).
  2. You can attract Goldfinches by planting Zinnias, Asters, Sunflowers and Thistle.
  3. Goldfinches mate later than most birds, during July and August, once the thistle plants bloom.
  4. They can fly between 19-30 mph (30-60 km/h).
  5. Males are bright yellow, while females and juveniles are muted in color.
  6. They can be found throughout most of the United States and into southern Canada.
  7. Females lay 4-6 pale blue eggs that hatch in 12-14 days.
  8. American Goldfinches are the only Finch to molt twice a year, in the spring and the fall.
  9. The nest is made from bark, weeds, vines, and grass and is bound by spiderwebs and caterpillar silk.
  10. Because the nest is so tightly woven, it can hold water and it is possible for nestlings to drown after a rainstorm if the parents do not cover the nest.


If you enjoyed this bird identification quiz, check out Quiz #1 and Quiz #2, found on this blog. Thanks for stopping by and remember to keep those feeders filled this winter. Happy Birding! ~Karen



7 Replies to “Bird Identification Quiz #3 | Name This Bird | Test Your Knowledge”

  1. Hi 🙂
    I recognized the pretty little goldfinch in photo number 2 🙂 They are one of my favorite song birds. I’ve seen them all throughout my life. I remember one spring morning over a decade ago when I lived the next state over and a little south of here seeing a male goldfinch on the top of a fence post in the country. I was out for an early morning run and it was just turning warmer. The air was a mix of cold and warm. The little goldfinch was singing his heart out. It is one of my favorite memories. 🙂 Thank you for the list of interesting facts. I didn’t know they mated so late in the year.

    1. Thank you for visiting and I’m glad you enjoyed this little bird. I never cut down wild thistle plants at the edge of our yard because the goldfinches like to eat the seeds and line their nests with the fluffy parts.

  2. Pic # 2, I guessed goldfinch. I am enjoying your pictures, comments, quizzes and especially the
    Care you give to your wonderful wonderful animal friends. I refilled two feeders today and put 2 additional ones out. I’m trying to figure out how to give them water. We live by a creek and at the foot of two hills but with the temperature so cold I think all the draining water was frozen. Can you share some simple ways and do they need water supplied to them often since we live in the country and have a couple of small brooks?

    1. We put water out for our critters and it froze once it got so cold. They make heaters for bird baths that can keep it from freezing but I don’t have one. I’m guessing they can eat the snow to stay hydrated.

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