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Red Scharlach
30 June 2009 @ 12:09 am
It's quiz time, viewers, and this week your specialist subject is Birds With Naughty Names. This is because I recently chanced across some wonderful ornithological nomenclature in various books and am now keen to promote it to anyone who will listen. After all, why be content with a Common Shag when you could have a Fulvous-Chinned Nunlet or a Plumbeous Euphonia? Well, exactly.

Poll #1423011 Factual fowl or feathered fake? You decide!

Fifteen bird species are listed below. Ten are genuine real-life birds, but the rest are totally made up. Tick the FIVE that you think are FAKE. (It's more fun if you don't Google them first.)

Van Dam's Vanga
0(0.0%)
Hasselbach's Boubou
0(0.0%)
Creamy-Rumped Miner
0(0.0%)
Red-Shafted Punchpecker
0(0.0%)
Eyebrowed Wren-Babbler
0(0.0%)
Moustached Flowerpiercer
0(0.0%)
Tufted Tit-Tyrant
0(0.0%)
Yawning Sandgrouse
0(0.0%)
Monotonous Lark
0(0.0%)
Bare-Faced Go-Away-Bird
0(0.0%)
Buffy-Cheeked Ventax
0(0.0%)
Streaky-Breasted Flufftail
0(0.0%)
Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
0(0.0%)
Hoary Puffleg
0(0.0%)
White-Throated Tiqibux
1(2.1%)


I'll come back tomorrow and reveal the correct answers...
 
 
Red Scharlach
Did you have a go at the silly bird names quiz yesterday?

The answers are under this cut...Collapse )

In other news, you may have heard that there's Torchwood on the radio for the next three days, and then there's Torchwood on the telly all next week. Since the BBC have made the effort to bludgeon the nation's consciousness in this way, I think it's fairly likely that I will be moved to do some posting about it. Therefore, if Torchwood doesn't float your boat (or indeed open your Rift or recharge your Compact Laser Deluxe), I can only apologize in advance for the inconvenience of having to scroll past my spoiler cuts.

Rest assured that I'll try to stick in a few bits of general-interest trivia above the cuts, to smooth the way and save you all from the sort of dazed brain-death that surely awaits me after a week of such media madness...