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Build-a-Bird by Guessing Countries

Name the 21 countries that have the most species of birds, according to the BirdLife International checklist. Each correct answer will complete a portion of three bird images. Identify the three birds to complete the quiz.
Quiz by dug28
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Last updated: February 22, 2022
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#
Answer
1863
Colombia
1861
Peru
1816
Brazil
1722
Indonesia
1622
Ecuador
1435
Bolivia
1387
Venezuela
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Answer
1285
China
1210
India
1110
Democratic Republic
of the Congo
1100
Mexico
1073
Tanzania
1058
Kenya
1034
Myanmar
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Answer
1001
Argentina
998
Uganda
936
Thailand
920
Angola
914
Sudan
888
Cameroon
884
Panama
Birds
Hummingbird
Puffin
Parakeet
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Level 84
Feb 15, 2022
Thanks for the kind comments! Just a little background... my quizzes are often inspired by books I've recently read or a subject that's grabbed my interest. In this case, I read a book called "Birding Without Borders." The author, Noah Strycker, traveled the world from January through December 2015 trying to identify as many birds as possible. He visited 41 countries across every continent (including Antarctica) and found 6,042 out of the 10,400 known species (which was a record at the time for a single year). For anyone interested in both geography and nature, it's a great read.
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Level 84
Feb 22, 2022
Choosing a source for this quiz was a challenge. There are many different ways to count species, so you'll find lots of variation among different lists. I chose BirdLife International, but you could also go with the Clements Checklist (popular in North America) or the IOC Checklist (popular outside North America). Interestingly, there is a current effort to consolidate the most popular checklists, and if that happens, I'll gladly update this quiz.
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Level 75
Feb 14, 2022
Stunning as always!

Also, happy 8th anniversary dug :D

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Level 84
Feb 15, 2022
Thanks Bread!
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Level 70
Feb 14, 2022
Great design! I love the "faceted" rendering of the birds! It reminds me of my old hobby for papercrafts and origami :)
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Level 84
Feb 15, 2022
Thanks! Origami is cool. :)
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Level 56
Feb 14, 2022
A few minutes and it goes flying for a star! Awesome!
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Level 57
Feb 14, 2022
Taking these kind of "raw data" quizzes with such estethical presentation gives so much more fun and lust for playing! Wonderful :)
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Level 82
Feb 14, 2022
21, not 25 countries
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Level 84
Feb 15, 2022
Thanks for the heads up! Fixed.
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Level 82
Feb 14, 2022
That was fun and interesting!
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Level 71
Feb 14, 2022
Amazing quiz! The mosaic-like drawings are already beautiful and the color scheme makes it even better. Also, congrats on 8 years of JetPunk! :)
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Level 54
Feb 14, 2022
Wow! An other masterpiece by dug! That's always a pleasure to see you back again and again through years, bruing more new ideas each time. You are probably one of the users who enriched the most pur favorite website, and I'm sure and I hope it will continue for years and years.

Nomi... Wait, that's already featured? You have all my congratulations! That was completely deserved!

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Level 82
Feb 14, 2022
Jetpunk, where obscure general knowledge becomes art, I love this community haha
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Level 82
Feb 14, 2022
This was really cool! I hope you make more of these sorts of quizzes!
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Level 76
Feb 14, 2022
One of the most beautiful quizzes on Jetpunk. My favourite quizzes are ones like these that are also works of art. Thanks!
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Level 81
Feb 14, 2022
surprised CAR and Mozambique and esp. PNG not on the list, but i don't know a lot about birds, just thought those countries would prob. have more tropical forest than say panama etc
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Level 79
Feb 14, 2022
Plenty of species in PNG would not yet have been scientifically identified. I was surprised it wasn't higher in the list too.
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Level 84
Feb 15, 2022
Totally agree about PNG. Some great and unique birds there. The source has them at #31 on the list. CAR is 35 and Mozambique is 44.
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Level 80
Feb 21, 2022
Biologically and geographically speaking, most islands would not have an extreme amount of diversity because any species that are on the island would have to individually evolve into their own species to increase diversity. The only reason Indonesia is on here is because it is made up of many large islands which have vastly different habitats, thus creating more species.
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Level 68
Feb 22, 2022
You do realize that some species of birds fly thousands of miles to migrate, and are not confined to any island. (I don't know about PNG specifically, other than that there are some species that migrate between PNG and Australia).
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Level 83
Feb 14, 2022
Excellent. Original and fun and the mosaic birds look so good .Well done.
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Level 79
Feb 14, 2022
Amazing quiz. Well done!
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Level 74
Feb 14, 2022
Awesome quiz! Got 100%. Finally a quiz by countries with the most species.
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Level 82
Feb 14, 2022
Turkey doesn't feature here, but it would rank pretty high in a list of countries by number of bird species in their names.
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Level 71
Feb 15, 2022
I love this quiz <3
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Level 79
Feb 15, 2022
Really great quiz.
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Level 84
Feb 16, 2022
What a fantastic quiz! I loved it! Thank you so much for making it!
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Level 87
Feb 16, 2022
Loved it! Keep them coming!
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Level 70
Feb 16, 2022
Great quiz! Thank you. I felt really good about myself when I got the last one with 10 seconds to go. Was quite a bit surprised though that Costa Rica wasn`t in the mix...
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Level 67
Feb 16, 2022
Great quiz. Grateful for the originality and creativity
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Level 87
Feb 17, 2022
Fun quiz. Amazed to find Sudan on here but not the Philippines.
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Level 65
Feb 21, 2022
Amazing quiz! Countries and birds, two things I like :)
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Level 38
Feb 21, 2022
I just missed Sudan and Uganda, and didn’t recognise the parakeet.
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Level 53
Feb 21, 2022
It was such a good quiz! I hope more quizzes (thats the plural of quiz I hope) like this on Jetpunk they get you thinking
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Level 73
Feb 21, 2022
Great quiz dug! I love these type of drawings and as some people have commented above, it really reminded me of origami! :)

BTW, is it possible to create that gradient like background in Inkscape?

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Level 84
Feb 22, 2022
Thanks! Yes, gradients are easy to make in inkscape. I made a rectangle shape, selected "fill and stroke," and instead of choosing "flat color," select "linear gradient."
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Level 60
Feb 21, 2022
I can't reply to your pinned post directly but if you're interested in a brilliant documentary on the birds of Colombia, the #1 country on your list, then look for The Birders from Colombiatravel on youtube.
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Level 84
Feb 22, 2022
Thanks! I'll check it out.
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Level 65
Feb 21, 2022
Well done. Excellent.
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Level 62
Feb 21, 2022
Sudan eh? Was surprised at that one, especially as it's a bit of a desert nation in my mind. Maybe a lot of Eurasian migrants winter there.
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Level 79
Feb 23, 2022
The Sudd wetlands are in South Sudan, but I wonder if the bird species were counted when Sudan included South Sudan?
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Level 45
Feb 21, 2022
birds aren't real.

stay woke.

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Level 60
Feb 21, 2022
i thought it was kolibri wow
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Level 71
Feb 21, 2022
Great quiz! Looks like the US was left off the list, though. As of 2021, there are between 1125 and 1267 different species counted in the United States (depending on how you count)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_the_United_States

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Level 82
Feb 21, 2022
That was definitely the strangest and most noticeable omission. I was also wondering about Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.
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Level 84
Feb 22, 2022
Thanks! Choosing a source was a challenge. There are many different ways to count species, so you'll find lots of variation among different lists. I chose BirdLife International, but you could also go with the Clements Checklist (popular in North America) or the IOC Checklist (popular outside North America). Interestingly, there is a current effort to consolidate the most popular checklists, and if that happens, I'll gladly update this quiz.

That being said, the BirdLife list ranks the U.S. at #25, with 828 species. :)

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Level 32
Feb 21, 2022
I don't know how but we did it without most of the parts of the picture
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Level 57
Feb 21, 2022
Great quiz, thanks !
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Level 60
Feb 21, 2022
Ah, but you see, the source includes pigeons which are obviously government spies. Even the most stupid person knows that, bah.
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Level 67
Feb 22, 2022
Should've gotten Ecuador, forgot about Galapagos
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Level 75
Feb 23, 2022
Pretty sure that France would be on here if its "territories" that aren't technically external territories were included
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Level 60
Jul 31, 2022
They're not effectively territories either...
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Level 39
Feb 24, 2022
Great quiz, very well done! The bird designs are awesome.
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Level 31
May 18, 2022
Nice design, kinda hard though. I joined a couple weeks ago and I still don't see why everyone seems to be smarter than me.
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Level 63
Jan 1, 2023
you simply haven't been here long enough.
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Level 79
Aug 30, 2022
Nice idea for a quiz, and great graphics.
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Level 28
Nov 23, 2022
i have played almost all of your quizzes and they are all amazing
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Level 42
Jan 18, 2023
The Waffle House has found its new host.
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Level 43
Aug 6, 2023
I can't believe Australia, PNG and USA not on list
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Level 83
Sep 19, 2023
Anyone else disappointed Turkey wasn't on the list?
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2024
No but I tried it to get two for the price of one, when my middle bird wasnt showing much yet.
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Level 67
Mar 27, 2024
I got two birds pretty quickly ( I think after 2 and 3 answers), the last one took a while, partly because I couldn't think of the english name of the bird I thought of. Got it in the end, well close enough to be accepted. Typed puffer fish first haha ( to get my memory going)

All the countries I missed were african, I did think of africa, but only typed countries from the top or bottom, for some reason not the middle part. (think I tried morocco, egypt, south africa, madagascar and maybe mozambique)> Ow wait I did get/think of congo though. And I see I missed panama too.

Tldr 7 wrong (6 african) but got all 3 birds