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Bird Brains: Open Bird Quiz at Bangalore Bird Day 2019

Quiz conducted at National College Jayanagar on the 2019 Bangalore Bird Day (see http://www. Quiz by Prashanth N S ( & L Shyamal (

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Bird Brains: Open Bird Quiz at Bangalore Bird Day 2019

  1. 1. Quizmasters Prashanth N S ( & L Shyamal (
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  3. 3. Identify the family of to which this bird belongs to?
  4. 4. Kingfisher
  5. 5. Identify this bird
  6. 6. Raju Kasambe/Wikimedia Commons Asian Openbill
  7. 7. What is this?
  8. 8. Archaeopteryx Nobu Tamura/Wikimedia Commons
  9. 9. Before bird migration became an established fact, there was a popular belief to explain the disappearance of swallows in winter in Europe. What was it?
  10. 10. Swdish pastor/naturalist Olaus Magnus descriptions as shown by Richard Armstrong, University of Houston (Engines of Ingenuity radio series No. 2228: ANCIENT EXPLANATIONS OF BIRD MIGRATION on
  11. 11. The state bird of Karnataka is….
  12. 12. Shantanu Kuveskar/Wikimedia Commons
  13. 13. Which village in Karnataka is known and named for the nesting colonies of painted storks and spot-billed pelican?
  14. 14. Koshy K/Wikimedia Commons Google Maps
  15. 15. Which bird is this? Johan Roeland/Xenocanto
  16. 16. Crested Serpent Eagle (melanotis ssp) at Bandipur National Park Yathin S Krishnappa/Wikimedia Commons Crested serpent eagle
  17. 17. This is the dedication page of from an autobiography. Whose?
  18. 18. “This year, 2012, marks the centenary of OUP in India. In the history of the press, two men stand out: one white, the other brown. In 1930 an Oxford graduate named R. E. Hawkins came to teach in a school in Delhi. The school closed down during the non-co-operation movement, so Hawkins found a job with the OUP in Bombay instead. In 1937 he was appointed General Manager. By now he wore khadi…”
  19. 19. Salim Ali co-authored the 10 volume landmark Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan. Who was his co-author?
  20. 20. 1976, creator unknown Smithsonian Institution Archives Sidney Dillon Ripley, 8th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
  21. 21. Which Indian island bird of economic importance is known to echolocate?
  22. 22. Edible nest swiftlet
  23. 23. What is the modern name of this Madrass Sea Crow? John Ray, 1713
  24. 24. Indian skimmer The bill is thin and knife-like to reduce resistance to water David Raju/Wikimedia Commons Hugh Whistler’s handbook illustration
  25. 25. Identify the bird from its famous egg collected near Kolar
  26. 26. Jerdon’s Courser John Gerrard Keulemans
  27. 27. “They intrigue in every way to get rid of me; accuse me of being an Ornithologist, and that the society did not want an ornithologist...I could astonish you by various statements of what I have to put up with but forbear.” Which ornithologist who worked extensively in India said this?
  28. 28. Curator of zoology at the Museum of the Asiatic Society of India in Calcutta Father of Indian ornithology (Hume) Letters to Darwin highlighting Wallace’s work
  29. 29. There are two currently valid bird genera that are derived from names used in the Indian region: one is from Nepal and another from Andhra Pradesh / Telangana. Name either one.
  30. 30. HBW Pittas plate John Gould Birds of Asia
  31. 31. In the scientific name of this bird, the specific epithet means “surgeon” (Greek: χειρουργός) and was given because the outermost primary feathers have extensions that apparently reminded the species describer of surgeon’s scalpels. What bird are we talking about?
  32. 32. “… Pierre Sonnerat in his 1776 Voyage à la Nouvelle Guinée in which he included an illustration of the bird that he called "Le Chirurgien de l'Isle de Luzon" or the surgeon of the island of Luzon. He described the bird with the long toes, the elongated feather extensions resembling a surgeon's scalpel.” Hydrophasianus chirurgus
  33. 33. The author of this book, Charles Brooke Worth (1908-1984), American virologist, reported a species of bird from Ulsoor tank that is today quite rare in the Bangalore region. It is a bird known for tool use. What bird was it?
  34. 34. Nickhassanali/Youtube
  35. 35. Richard Bowdler Sharpe played a prank on Eugene Oates who was working on the Fauna of British India in the British Museum. While Oates was away, Sharpe added at the end of Oates’ notebook to an incomplete sentence - “The note of this species is “ - and wrote “a prolonged Pooh” - This went into the published book and Oates never pardoned Sharpe for it. What bird was it?
  36. 36. L Shyamal/Wikimedia Commons
  37. 37. Name the ornithologist from Karnataka in this picture?
  38. 38. Syed Abdullah Husain
  39. 39. The first bird song recorded in the world was made on an Edison Wax cylinder was made in 1889. The recording was of a captive Indian bird known for its song. Which one?
  40. 40. The recording of animal sounds stretches back over 115 years, beginning in 1889 with the recording on an Edison wax cylinder by Ludwig Koch (at age 8 at the time) in Germany of his pet captive Indian Shama Copsychus malabaricus. Wildlife Sound Recording Society
  41. 41. FINALS • 6 teams • 5 rounds • Round-robin 4 • WorldBirds • Indiabirds • Going local • Birds BnB • Roadrunner • Be-a-condor • Bowerboard • Ear-watching birds