Jan 24 2011

Quiz: Whose Baby?

Published by at 7:30 am under Beyond Bounds,Quiz


Whose curly-headed baby bird is this?

Here are some hints:

  • He is on an island in the Pacific Ocean.
  • His species is critically endangered because 99.9% of them nest this island only.
  • His parents built no nest.  His mother laid his egg on bare ground.
  • It took two months for this baby to hatch, then six more months before he can fly.
  • His parents feed him regurgitated oil derived from fish, squid and crustaceans.
  • Sometimes he must wait a long time between feedings because his parents travel 6 to 60 miles to find food.
  • He is one of 22 species in this family of birds (species count from BirdLife International).
  • A famous poem tells us it’s very bad luck to kill this type of bird.

Do you know who he is?  Leave a comment with your answer. 

UPDATE at 9:45am:  Most of you guessed the family of birds correctly.  Can any of you guess the exact species?  Hint: This is a tropical island.


(photo by Deborah Acklin)

18 responses so far

18 Responses to “Quiz: Whose Baby?”

  1. Peggyon 24 Jan 2011 at 7:36 am


  2. Jillianon 24 Jan 2011 at 7:47 am


  3. kat walterson 24 Jan 2011 at 7:47 am

    My guess is an altabross, oops spelling is off, but you know what I mean!!!

  4. chwon 24 Jan 2011 at 8:04 am

    He’s an albatross.

  5. Mary Ann Pikeon 24 Jan 2011 at 8:13 am

    The bad luck clue must mean an Albatross!

  6. sharon leadbitteron 24 Jan 2011 at 8:15 am

    Blue footed booby? Albatross?

  7. sharon leadbitteron 24 Jan 2011 at 8:16 am

    I take it back … it’s an albatross chick …. or maybe a chick just having a bad hair day 🙂

  8. Frank Corrention 24 Jan 2011 at 8:18 am

    It’s an albatross.

  9. Libby Strizzion 24 Jan 2011 at 8:28 am


  10. Cyndi Dicksonon 24 Jan 2011 at 8:36 am

    Hi Kate!

    This is my first time posting to your blog although I have enjoyed reading it for some time now.
    I am guessing this bird is an albatross

  11. Luana Rossbachon 24 Jan 2011 at 8:42 am

    An albatross perhaps.

  12. Dotty Hoepneron 24 Jan 2011 at 8:45 am

    From the beak it looks like a blue-footed booby.

  13. Larisaon 24 Jan 2011 at 9:05 am

    Albatross~! ^_^

  14. Tom Brownon 24 Jan 2011 at 9:41 am

    It is an albatross, but I can’t tell you the species. I didn’t know there are 22 different species.

  15. Kathyon 24 Jan 2011 at 9:47 am

    From “The Ancient Mariner”, it is an Albatross.

    Congratulations also on the Steeler win.

  16. Mary Ann Pikeon 24 Jan 2011 at 9:58 am

    After further reading (isn’t Wikipedia wonderful!), I’ll guess a Waved Albatross from the Galapagos Islands since the article I read (assuming it’s right) says they are the only species to lay their eggs with no nest.

  17. Kate St. Johnon 24 Jan 2011 at 10:32 am

    Congratulations, Mary Ann Pike! You’ve got the EXACT species.

  18. Jon 24 Jan 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I saw the picture and for some reason it seemed very familiar, like I’ve seen that species before. Couldn’t come up with a name though. Must’ve seen it on one of the nature shows I’ve watched.

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