What bird are you like?

Can you resist this given that the quiz—which of 22 birds are you most like?—was designed by the estimable folks at Cornell University’s Ornithology Lab. Take the quiz here, and see whether you’re most like a kestrel, an American robin, a bald eagle, a blue jay, a Canada goose, a chickadee, a crow, a goldfinch, a great blue heron, a great horned owl, a ruby-throated hummingbird, a magpie, a mallard, a mourning dove, a northern cardinal, a northern mockingbird, a peregrine falcon, a red-tailed hawk, a rock pigeon, a raven, a snowy owl, or a screech-owl.  Now this is just for fun, but can you resist?
The quiz’s notes; each question has four choices.

Cornell Lab ornithologists and educators examined the personality and behavior characteristics of 22 North American birds, to help create this fun personality quiz. Now you can find out which bird you are most like (or is most like you) based on 15 simple questions.

This quiz is a companion to AM I LIKE YOU?, a children’s book by Laura Erickson and Brian Sockin, illustrated by Anna Rettberg.

Copyright © 2016, the Cornell Lab Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

It turned out that I was a kestrel: here’s my diagnosis. I am single-minded and determined, I’m not particularly graceful, I do like to travel, I don’t like going to baseball games that much, and I am NOT tolerant of messy living quarters. So it goes. I still like kestrels, though.

h/t: Jeannie

68 Comments

  1. Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    hawk

  2. Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I’m a raven! I’ll take that. Though I’m not at all ‘acrobatic’ …

    ‘Extremely intelligent and sociable, you love practical jokes and figuring out tricky situations. You’re devoted to family and friends, playful, acrobatic, and hardy. Even those who don’t like you can’t help but respect your many talents.

    About Ravens

    The bird often judged the most intelligent bird on the planet is the Yukon Territory’s symbolic bird. Ravens, closely related to crows, are acrobatic fliers, often doing rolls and somersaults in the air. One was seen flying upside down for more than a half-mile. Young ravens play games with sticks, repeatedly dropping them, then diving to catch them in midair. Even though sociable, raven pairs maintain a territory year-round and keep other ravens out. Many cultures revere ravens, or at least have created mythology around them, especially as tricksters or wise rulers.’

    • BobTerrace
      Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

      I also scored raven.

    • E.A. Blair
      Posted July 14, 2020 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

      I got raven, too, and it pleased me because I spent ten semesters in college and grad school (and a summer of study in Iceland) studying Old Norse, snf always felt a kinship with Oðinn, whose totem is the raven and who sacrificed his eye in his quest for knowledge.

    • Posted July 16, 2020 at 5:13 am | Permalink

      ME too, and not acrobatic!

    • Andrea Kenner
      Posted July 18, 2020 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

      I’m a raven too! Awk!

  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    I got magpie when I did this yesterday but blue jay today. I think I’m more a blue jay because of the quick to anger and humour part.

    You combine brains, beauty, and loyalty to family and friends. Quick to anger when you feel threatened, you also have a sense of humor. Adaptable and unpredictable, you enjoy a wide variety of foods and communicate well both vocally and with body language.

    • Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

      You will need to change your avatar.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

        Nah I’m a blue jay but I try to be an owl.

        • Mark Joseph
          Posted July 14, 2020 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

          You “self-identify” as an owl…

          • Diana MacPherson
            Posted July 14, 2020 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

            😄 🦉

  4. Barry Lyons
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    I’m a blue jay!

    “You combine brains, beauty, and loyalty to family and friends. Quick to anger when you feel threatened, you also have a sense of humor. Adaptable and unpredictable, you enjoy a wide variety of foods and communicate well both vocally and with body language.”

  5. David Fuqua
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Red Tailed Hawk, me.

    • Simon Hayward
      Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      Ditto

      • Steve Gerrard
        Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

        Also.

        • John Dentinger
          Posted July 14, 2020 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

          Yup. Another Red Tail

  6. Monika
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I’m a raven.

  7. cicely berglund
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    American kestrel!

  8. Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I’m a crow, and happy to be so.
    (Does that also mean I’m a poet, but don’t know it).

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      Don’t blow it!

      • drakodoc
        Posted July 16, 2020 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

        I am a crow as well!

  9. Dragon
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    I received Great Horned Owl.

    • Doug
      Posted July 15, 2020 at 5:25 am | Permalink

      The same. Funny, I always liked owls.

  10. Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    I got magpie.

  11. darrelle
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I’m an American Kestrel. Who knew?

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted July 14, 2020 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

      Me three!

      • Torbjörn Larsson
        Posted July 14, 2020 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

        Oops: four.

  12. freiner
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    A mallard!

    • Barbara Radcliffe
      Posted July 14, 2020 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      Me too! I’m a mallard. Unfortunately due to travel bans I won’t be able to migrate this year!

  13. Paul Matthews
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Our host should take the quiz for Honey and see whether mallard comes out.

  14. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    What, cuckoo isn’t an option?

  15. Tom MacPherson
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    I think I’ve been had. Apparently I’m a mallard duck. Suspicious result? Certainly.

  16. Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Screech Owl. Who knew?

    • Posted July 14, 2020 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      I took it again, pretty much lied about everything, and came out a red-tailed hawk. I’m keeping it.

  17. Ken Pidcock
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Great blue heron. I’ll take that.

  18. Posted July 14, 2020 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m a Red-Tailed Hawk!

  19. Steve Pollard
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Raven. I’m delighted! And it’s a world bird as well (ie not just a US citizen).

  20. Glenda Palmer
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Mourning Dove? All about family? I must have tapped a few wrong keys. 😊

    Must pass that site address along to some bird loving friends.

  21. Posted July 14, 2020 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Magpie. I am pleased with that, though I think Albatross or seagull is my true avatar.

  22. Nicholas K.
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    American Robin — I’m not sure I agree with that.

    But reading the description, I’m not gonna argue.

    • Posted July 16, 2020 at 5:15 am | Permalink

      My partner got American Robin, and she can’t sing a note!

  23. Claudia Baker
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Mallard!

  24. ladyatheist
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Robin here: “Some people think you have a “split personality” because at times you are gregarious and extroverted, while other times you can’t stand to be anywhere near anyone except your family. You’re a talented singer with excellent communication skills, and you love to wander.”

    I agree with all except that I’m not a talented singer, unless the ability to make people plug their ears and say “la la la I can’t hear you” counts as a talent.

  25. savage
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Result: You Are a Mallard!

    You’re sociable and fun, and get along well with others, never joining cliques but happy to include just about anyone in your social circles. You’re adaptable and enjoy a wide range of physical activities, especially swimming as long as you don’t have to dive.

    I’m not sociable at all and would be hesitant to include about anyone in my social circle. I was also much better at diving than at swimming. I’m probably too weird for that quiz…

  26. garman
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Pigeon?!? What a blow to my self-esteem. I was hoping for Great Blue Heron.

  27. jezgrove
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Northern Cardinal, apparently. No idea what that means though…

  28. Kevin
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Roast chicken

  29. Frank Bath
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Oh dear, I’m a Great Blue Heron and I’m after your ducklings.

  30. E.A. Blair
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Of the birds on the list, I have a (n appaently) mated pair of cardinals and a pair of bluejays showing up daily at my front porch feeder. Since most of the feeder’s clientele consists of sparrows and finches, the more majestic birds are a high point when I see them. I don’t, however, maintain the bird feeder for the sake of the birds; it is there solely for the entertainment of my cats, who sit on the back of my couch and gaze out the window with dreadful intent.

  31. Another Tom
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Screech-Owl

  32. Posted July 14, 2020 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Goldfinch

    GCM

  33. stevenintokyo
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Great Blue Heron. Seems reasonable.

  34. GEORGE SEPSO
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Damn, I was hoping for an owl or a blue-jay, but something popped up called a “bush-tit”—maybe I was on the wrong web-site.

  35. Posted July 14, 2020 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    I’m “the bird” that involves a single raised finger – at least when it comes to quizzes like this :p

  36. MacSlernz
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    I’m a hummingbird

    You are extremely energetic and athletic, independent, and strong. You’re not very good at sharing or playing with a team, but you accomplish plenty on your own. You can’t help it—you love sweets! You notice every little thing going on around you.

    I think that is probably about right for me except for the sharing bit. I am very generous!

  37. ratabago
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Apparently I’m another American Kestrel. Excepting, not being American or Japanese, there is very little I am less interested in than baseball.

  38. Mark Joseph
    Posted July 14, 2020 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m (apparently) a Rock Pigeon, although in the description,”Extremely intelligent, sociable, and adaptable, you thrive in a great many situations. Your devotion to home is exceptional, as is your sense of direction. You prefer a vegetarian diet and seldom dine alone,” they really messed up the “sociable” part. I certainly didn’t click that I’m a social butterfly (oops, mixing metaphors), and for me the lockdown is a great thing.

  39. David Harper
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 12:59 am | Permalink

    I’m a Great Horned Owl, apparently.

    “Soft-spoken and retreating, you often appear to be sleeping on the job, but are extremely observant and powerfully effective when you act. A loner who sticks close to home, you are tender and gentle with your family and keep in close contact with your partner.”

    I’m also the provincial bird of Alberta. And I occasionally eat porcupines and skunks. Yum.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted July 15, 2020 at 11:04 am | Permalink

      Ha ha and I’m the opposite as a blue jay that gets all pissed off but then laughs at it.

  40. Claudia Heilke
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    I am a great blue heron, but I would have been an entirely different bird 50 years ago.

  41. Glenda Palmer
    Posted July 15, 2020 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I’m all happy now. I tried the quiz again and today instead of being a Mourning Dove – now I’m a Mallard. Yay, 🦆👏

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted July 15, 2020 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      It would seem you’re putting way to much stock in this quiz to accurately reveal your personality. 🤣

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted July 15, 2020 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

        Too


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