Weekly Puzzler #124:Forked Tail

So the last few puzzlers have been about animal tails… a skink, beaver, an opossum,…  let’s do at least one more on this subject before moving on to something else. Check out the silhouette of this bird below, especially its tail. Can you identify this bird? Hint: It rarely perches during the day and is such a great flyer it can hunt and catch dragonflies, which, if you’ve ever seen these fly, is AMAZING!


Use the comment box below to give your guess. All correct responses will be entered in this quarter’s drawing–on the first day of fall. Click HERE for the answer!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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  1. Jock Aplin August 13, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    Swallowtailed Hawk?

    • Sharon Mammoser August 15, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

      In doing research for the answer, I see that you are indeed correct as this bird has many common names, including the swallow-tailed hawk. So yes, you are right!

    • Jock Aplin August 15, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

      Wow. Thanks.
      I didn’t really know. I thought the head looked hawkish so I googled “hawk with split tail”.

      • Sharon Mammoser August 17, 2016 at 9:20 am #

        Yes, isn’t it amazing what Google can find! The bird is more often called a kite, but it is a bird of prey so hawk is not incorrect. Thanks for reading my blog!

  2. Megan August 13, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    Chimney swift?

    • Sharon Mammoser August 13, 2016 at 10:46 pm #

      Look at the shape of the head and beak.

  3. Helen Kloock August 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

    Barn Swallow

  4. Claire August 13, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    My guess is Swallow-tailed Kite

  5. Colleen Gilgenbach August 13, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

    Red kite, actually I thought it was a sparrowhawk but when I googled it to see I was right I found out it was a red kite. Is that cheating?

    • Sharon Mammoser August 13, 2016 at 10:45 pm #

      It’ s not cheating, it is using available resources! Good for you… though your answer is incorrect. This bird lives in South Eastern US. It is white!

  6. Joe August 14, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

    As above the swallow-tailed kite

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