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FL Birder

4-letter bird code quiz

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Hi all,

 

I thought I'd start a quiz where I post 4-letter bird codes and y'all guess without looking it up.  

 

For those who aren't familiar with four letter bird codes.......if the bird has a two word name like Northern Cardinal or Pileated Woodpecker the code will be the first two letters of each word like this: 

NOrthern CArdinal (NOCA)

PIleated WOodpecker (PIWO)

 

There are exceptions though since no 4-letter codes can be the same.  For example Green Kingfisher, Gray Kingbird, and Great Kiskadee would all have the same code so they have to make them different like this:

Great Kiskadee = GKIS

Gray Kingbird = GRAK

Green Kingfisher = GKIN

 

For three letter names such as Yellow-throated Warbler you'll take the first letter out of the hyphenated words and the first two out of the unhyphenated making the abbreviation YTWA.  With Eastern Scree-Owl it will be EASO and so on.

 

For four letter names it will be the first letter out of each word so Black-throated Blue Warbler will be BTBW.  There are of course exceptions for all of them.

 

For one letter names it will be the first for letters so Ovenbird is OVEN and Brant is BRAN. 

 

The first person to guess it correctly gets the point since others would figure it out once it was guessed correctly.

 

Have fun!

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One more thing, all of these will be North American birds.  First one:

 

        CACG

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Wow, you're good!  I thought I'd pick a hard one to start off, maybe not so hard but they will sometimes be harder.

 

Score =

 

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I use the codes when I am out, but that one I have never had the occasion to use as I have never seen one.  There have been lots of sitings on the local listservs though and that was what came to mind immediately.  I had no clue if it was correct.

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Glad to know that one's a bit of a toughie for other folks as well.

I'm just as glad as you.  Didn't know how easy they would be.  At least one's hard.

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I would think WA would be warbler... not many warblers start with "A" here, so that narrows it down a lot. (I actually can only think of one lol) Arctic Warbler? 

 

I'll keep up with this one. I've been working on my 4-letter codes for a while. :)

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I would think WA would be warbler... not many warblers start with "A" here, so that narrows it down a lot. (I actually can only think of one lol) Arctic Warbler?

Yeah, I toyed with that one, too. (After wondering if they'd been dumb enough to go with "American Restart Warbler.") Can't say I'm very familiar with Alaskan birds...

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Agreed.

 

And I knew them all exept the CACG.

 

I just read about Arctic Warblers - they were a hot topic in my mind already!

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Yep, Least Auklet!


 


 


Score =


 


jhauser42   1


sheinrich601613   1


JimBob   1


jde^tsch   1

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