Time’s up for submissions to Quiz 2 and we are pleased to announce that 27 of you got it right! The bird in question was the Painted Francolin. This subcontinental endemic ranges from its stronghold in central India to the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka. As the frequency graph showed, these shy terrestrial birds are best seen in the monsoons, when the males advertise for mates by calling from a visible perch.
Painted Francolin – male © Mohanram Kemparaju
Correct answers for Quiz 2 were given by: Aditya Nayak, Amitayu Dey, Ashwin Mohan, Biswajit Chakdar, Gautam Bandyopadhyay, Kavi Nanda, Komal Agrawal, Kulbhushansingh, Manjula Ravi, Maulik Veru, Mohith Unny, Nimish Subramaniam, Pratiksha Kothule, Ritobroto Chanda, Rohit Chakravarty, Sathya Chandra Sagar H S, Savithri Singh, Shanmugan Kalidass, Sharang Satish, Shashwat Jaiswal, Syed Muzamil, Vaidehi Gunjal, Vidhya Sundar, Vinay Bharadwaj, Vinoba, Vishnupriya S, Vivek Puliyeri
But now it is time for Quiz 3 and this one is a little different. Given below are 5 maps which give the ranges for some of India’s most range-restricted endemics. Based on these maps – can you guess what these 5 Indian endemics are?
(All maps are sourced from eBird India.)