April 15, 2016

Endemic Bird Day: Answer 1 and Quiz 2

Thank you to everyone who tried their luck with Quiz 1 in the run-up to the Endemic Bird Day 2016.

49 of you got it right!

As many of you guessed – the bird in question was indeed the delightful looking Vigors’s Sunbird. The Vigors’s Sunbird is the only subcontinental endemic restricted to the northern Western Ghats with a range that extends from Gujarat to North Karnataka. It used to be considered conspecific with the Crimson Sunbird.

Vigors's Sunbird - male © Syed Muzamil

Vigors’s Sunbird – male © Syed Muzamil

Those who gave the correct answer: Aditya Nayak, Akshay Surendra, Amitayu Dey, Anurag Chandak, Ashwin Mohan, Avi Sabavala, Biswajit Chakdar, Dr. T. Badri Narayanan, Dr. Virag Vyas, Ganesh, Ganeshwar SV, Garima, John Martin, Komal Agrawal, Krishna Deepak, Krishna Murthy, Kulbhushansingh, Madhushri Mudke, Manjula Ravi, Mat Gilfedder, Maulik Varu, Miti Sekhon, Patrick David, Piyali neogi, Prasanna Parab, Pratiksha Kothule, Premchand, Pronoy Baidya, Punit Lalbhai, Rajneesh Suvarna, Richard Fuller, Ritobroto Chanda, Rohidas Revankar, Rohit Chakravarty, Sahana M, Sahas Barve, Saurabh Sawant, Savithri Singh, Shanmugam Kalidass, Sharang Satish, Shashwat Jaiswal, Shrikanth Nayak, Soham Mehta, Sujan Chatterjee, Sutirtha Lahiri, Syed Muzamil, Vaidehi Gunjal, Vinay Bharadwaj, Vinoba, Vivek Puliyeri, YNV Ganesh Kumar

But now it is time for the Quiz 2! Can you guess the identity of this subcontinental endemic? Have a look at the following clues:

 (The range maps and graphs are from eBird India)


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  1. Skulking species which inhabits scrub, grasslands, fields.
  2. Easier to see/hear in its breeding season.
  3. Sexually dimorphic.

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The correct answer to this quiz will be revealed on 18 April 2016 at 1700hrs, and the next question published!

So it’s time to rack your brains again and figure out what bird we are talking about!

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