Thanks again for taking our bird knowledge quiz! We thought that you might be keen to see the answers, and maybe learn something new. Some of the answers below also have links where you can find more information about that topic. If you have additional information to share, please share it with us via the NZ Garden Bird Survey’s Facebook group.
At the end of this page, there is also a link to take the survey again if you would like to do it a second time.
NOTE: We hope you will share the original quiz with friends, family and colleagues. But please do not share this page with answers, or the link below, with someone who has not already taken the original quiz. This helps us ensure we get accurate results. Thank you!!
1) Bird Identification:
2) Which of the following birds are endemic to New Zealand (found naturally only in New Zealand):
Pukeko: Not endemic - also called purple swamphen, purple gallinule and Australasian swamphen, pukeko are considered native. They are found naturally in New Zealand, but also occur in other places including the South Pacific, eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and parts of Africa, Europe and Central America.
Pukeko - the indomitable swamphen - New Zealand Geographic:
Shining cuckoo. This behaviour is called nest parasitism. The shining cuckoo always lays its eggs in the nests of grey warblers. Shining cuckoo eggs take less time to hatch than their grey warbler counterparts. Once hatched, the shining cuckoo chicks often push other eggs, and even chicks, out of the nest. Grey warbler parents feed the chick as their own, even though it quickly grows much larger than they are.
Shining cuckoos, shonky parents - Stuff:
4) Which native bird can raise up to 5 clutches of chicks in one year?
Silence of the Fantails - New Zealand Geographic:
https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/silence-of-the-fantails/ (*Note: this article contains images and descriptions of rat predation on fantail nests that could be upsetting.)
5) Which of the following is New Zealand’s smallest bird?
Our tiniest birds could answer some big questions - NZ Herald:
6) Which native bird is the only bird in the world known to sometimes mate face-to-face?
If you want to re-take the quiz, please use the following link. Note, this takes you to a different link than the original quiz. This helps us keep original responses separate. While participants can only take the original quiz once, you are welcome to use the link below as often as you’d like.
This research is being jointly undertaken by Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research and the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication as part of the Building Trustworthy Biodiversity Indicators project. We thank all participants in the New Zealand Garden Bird Survey, past, present and future for taking part. Click the orange links to find out more about these topics.