Finally it is time to reveal the correct answers for the Trained Parrot Quiz. Lots of people participated with great enthusiasm. Winners will be announced a bit later on the Trained Parrot Facebook Page so check back throughout the day to find out if you won. Meanwhile, here are the correct answers to the quiz and explanation/source. You can find out how you personally scored and what answers you picked by logging in below with the name/email you submitted the quiz with:
Check out the awesome prize package for winner(s):
Includes Parrot Wizard clicker, target stick, popsicle sticks, star, clothes pin, birdie bagel, Indonesian Palm Cockatoo coin (as seen on Asia trip article), autographed Kili & Truman picture, free worldwide shipping.
For those who didn't win, there will be a chance to buy clickers and a special gift version of the Palm Cockatoo coin down the road. However, I'm sold out of clickers at the moment so it's an especially special prize at the moment. Until I get my new supply in, the only other way to get one is with a Parrot Training Perch Kit. Keep checking back throughout the course of the day to find out who the winners are!
I made some graphs charting scores not only to help people asses how they performed but also to demonstrate what a fair contest it was! I purposefully made some questions more difficult with the intent of narrowing down the winners. Even some of my friends couldn't do better than an 8 or 9. The average score is around 5. So any score 7 or above is quite outstanding. The 5 minute allotted time seems fair as most participants were able to complete the quiz in time. This was to prevent people from looking up all the answers and giving a disadvantage to those who actually know their stuff. Likewise only the first quiz attempt was counted.
The graph above shows how many people answered correctly on each question. It looks like most people got questions 1, 3, and 4 correct. I'm glad to see that most people figured out that Truman is a Cape Parrot. After all, it says that in his profile box on every page of this site! I am actually very surprised that so many people got question 2 wrong. More people thought that positive reinforcement applies to cognitive learning rather than operant. I realize that not everyone has a background in psychology but I have thrown the term around here and there in my blog and on the parrot forum. Here's an article that mentions and defines operant conditioning.
The question that the most people got wrong was question 7 asking about my first parrot. I realize that Spock was rarely mentioned and this question was to benefit those who have really been paying attention to my blog and checked out my bio page. I don't know how some people voted that Truman or Duke were my first parrots though because they clearly both came after Kili. Question 8 turned out harder than I thought. I understand the terms can be a bit confusing but by reasonable process of elimination it should come down to Psittaciformes and Psittacidae. Aves are all birds and Poicephalus is just one genus of parrots. Psittaciformes include all parrots and Cockatoos while Psittacidae are all the parrots excluding Cockatoos and New Zealand parrots. A bit tricky and how it was meant to be. I'm a bit disappointed people didn't perform better on question 6. Although nearly noone doubted parrots' intelligence, many thought Hookbills or Zygodactyl Feet were uncharacteristic of parrots. Actually these are the two defining characteristics of parrots. They all have beaks that bend downward and untypical feet where two toes face forward and two face back (most birds have 3 forward).
Just two people scored 10 out of 10 so I'm going to send the full prize to each of them. Since so many of you participated I decided to make one more "honorable mention" prize (picture and coin) for a random winner of the next scoring category (9/10). And the winners are: Nancyjane Bailey, TPishek, and honorable mention to Carl-Michael Lofving! I congratulate the winners and all participants for giving the quiz a shot and for following my parrot endeavors. Thanks again!
Parrot Quiz Answers
1) _________ refers to the process of making a parrot at ease around humans: A. Training B. Toweling C. Taming D. Flooding Source: Taming
6) Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of all parrots: A. Zygodactyl Feet B. Hookbill C. Intelligence D. Colorful Plumage Hookbill and Zygodactyl feet are defining characteristics of parrots. Intelligence is typical of parrots where even a Budgerigar is quite smart compared to other birds. Yet you can have really uncolorful parrots such as a male Eclectus, Monk Parakeet, or Orange Chinned Parakeet
8) Which of the following classifications includes all parrots except cockatoos? A. Psittacidae B. Aves C. Psittaciformes D. Poicephalus Aves include all birds, Psittaciformes include all parrot and cockatoos, Poicephalus is just a genus of African Parrots, Psittacidae include all true parrots but not Cockatoos or Strigopidae which are the parrots of New Zealand.
Test your parrot knowledge with this Trained Parrot Quiz! How well do you know my flock? Have you been paying attention to training articles? What do you know about parrots in general? Take this 10 question quiz to find out.
Everyone who achieves the highest score among contestants will be in the drawing for a free parrot training kit including a Parrot Wizard Clicker, Target Stick, autographed Kili & Truman picture, and free shipping in the US or International. The more people that participate the more goodies I'll throw in. Some questions are easy and others are tough. If only one person gets a perfect score (10 out of 10) or scores higher than anyone else, that person wins by default. If there is a tie for perfect score or for the highest score (if no one gets 10), then everyone in the top scoring category will be in the contest for a random of drawing of one winner. The contest winner will be announced on March 15th.
You are allowed to take the quiz as many times as you'd like but only your first score will count toward the contest. Multiple entries are not allowed. You have 5 minutes to answer 10 questions. There is no timer on the screen but entries that take longer than 5 minutes will not count. So don't take too long or keep track of time yourself. Ready, set, go!