Thursday’s quiz

1. Who said: “It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds”?

2. Richard Bach wrote a book about which bird?

3. It’s oiseau in French, uccello in Italian, pájaro in Spanish and manu in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Which bird is on the NZ $20 note?

5. Is a bird in the hand always better than two in the bush?

6 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Alwyn says:

    A nice easy one! (at least I think I know the answers)
    1. Aesop.
    2 .Jonathon Livingston Seagull. I know of it although I have certainly never read it.
    3. Bird
    4. This is one that I wouldn’t have got except for reading the story in the paper about 10 minutes ago of it winning the poll for bird of the year. The Karearea, or New Zealand Falcon.
    5. Yes definitely. I am far to old to go bush-bashing looking for birds.


  2. Andrei says:

    (1) Aha – the Jay and the Peacock, one of Aesop’s fine fables, a sad tale of a Jay who adorned himself with peacocks feathers and fooled neither the peacocks nor his fellow jays

    (2) Jonathon Livingston seagull

    (3) Bird

    (4) The New Zealand falcon, aka karearea,

    (5) Doing so well and then the curly one comes at the last jump – I could wax lyrical about conservation, I suppose but I cannot behold the native wood pigeon without thinking how good it might be roasted and served up with kumera and minted peas. Highly illegal fodder sigh For poultry Mr Tegal’s battery chickens will have to suffice until next duck shooting season, alas


  3. Gravedodger says:

    1 Aesop.
    2 Seagull
    3 bird
    4 New Zealand Falcon, we knew them as Sparrow Hawks as kids riding the hills on Horseback, their distinctive cry was haunting. The attack plunge also very intimidating.
    Making a recovery as protection from destructive birds in Vinyards employing their efficient killing power and fear.
    5 Ah well, one in the hand gives more certainty but two in the bush gives rise to potential conflict, stress from pressure and if the bush includes camping then two could be just too crowded. I tend to avoid conflict.


  4. pdm says:

    1. Pass
    2. My third form form teacher was named Richard Bach but I don’t think he is credited with writing any books.
    3. Bird
    4. Karearea – lucky I went to the cash machine on the way home from work about an hour ago.
    5. As young men we always said a `bird’ in the bed was worth two in the bush (or the back seat of a car) lol.


  5. Paul Tremewan says:

    1 Jimmy Savile
    2 Jonathan Livingston Seagull
    3 bird
    4 karearea
    5 No, but on the other
    hand could be ( typical lawyers answer…)


  6. 1. Aesop,
    2. Seagull.
    3. Bird
    4. The Kārearea, 2012 Bird of the Year.
    5. Its the other way around.


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