British Birds 1 - Answers

Published: Sunday 20th April 2014
  1. Which bird was described by Geoffrey Chaucer as "full of treachery"? The Lapwing.
  2. What bird features on the logo of the RSPB? The Avocet.
  3. Which bird's scientific name, Apus apus, is derived from the Greek meaning "without feet"? The Common Swift.
  4. What is the collective noun for a group of nightingales? A Watch.
  5. What was the most seen bird in the RSPB Birdwatch survey of January 2014? Sparrow.
  6. What colour are female blackbirds? Brown (sometimes with white spots).
  7. Which common garden bird is associated with winter and is often portrayed on Christmas cards? Robins.
  8. Which bird, which symbolises endurance and passion, was used in medieval times to ward off plague? Goldfinch.
  9. Which British bird lays the largest egg? Mute Swan.
  10. Which common British bird has the Latin name Pica pica? Magpie.
  11. The base of male starlings beak is blue, what colour is it on the female of the species? Pink.
  12. Which birds were notorious for pecking through aluminium bottle tops and stealing the milk from the bottle? Blue Tits.
  13. Which bird features on the badge of Sheffield Wednesday football club? An Owl.
  14. Why do woodpeckers peck on trees with their distinctive drumming sound? To signify their territory to other birds.
  15. Which is the largest British bird of prey? White Tailed Eagle.
  16. Which bird appeared on the old British farthing coin? Wren.
  17. Which bird has a tendency to flock in all-male groups and was thus given the Latin name of COELEBS meaning bachelor? Chaffinch (Full name – Fringella coelebs).
  18. Which species of bird migrates back from Africa to their previous years nests, often built in the eaves of houses? House martins.
  19. The children's rhyme "One for sorrow, two for joy etc." is about which bird? Magpie.
  20. Why are Tawny Owls NOT found in the Isle of Man or the Isle of Wight? They don't like flying over water.