Day 21 of 100 Days of Blogging

Today’s 10 birds, all natural cavity nesters, aren’t opposed to using nest boxes if  a natural option isn’t available. None of them dig their own nests, so need to use natural crevices or perhaps a vacated woodpecker hole. These birds are also quite common and not hard to identify.

So, instead of the usual list with identifying details, you’ll find them arranged gallery style without any text.

Of course, for anyone who isn’t quite sure about a particular bird’s identity, the answers are at the bottom after all the photos

But… if you do know them by sight … it’s time to test your Latin! Well, your “bird latin” that is.  Can you name each of these birds by its “official” Latin name? The Family? The Order?

The answers are listed at the end along with the common English names.


Answers – birds from left to right

#1.  American Kestrel  Falco sparverius  Falconiformes  Falconidae

#2.  House Sparrow Passer domesticus  Passeriformes  Passeridae

#3.  Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis   Passeriformes  Turdidae

#4.  Wood DuckAnseriformes Family: Anatidae

#5.  Eastern Screech-Owl  Megascops asio Order Strigiformes Family: Strigidae

#6.  Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus Family: Paridae Passeriformes 

#7.  Tree Swallow Trachycineta bicolor  Hirundinidae  Passeriformes

#8.  Purple Martin Progne subis  Hirundinidae Passeriformes

#9.  European Starling Sturnus vulgaris  Sturnidae Order: Passeriformes

#10. House Wren Troglodytes aedon Passeriformes

Images Credits:
Connie Morgenstern – American Kestrel, House Sparrow, Eastern Bluebird, Wood Duck, Eastern Screech-Owl, Black-capped Chickadee, Tree Swallow, Purple Martin
Wikimedia: House Wren,European Starling