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Starling: Quiz


Question 1:
What phylum does Starling belong to?

Question 2: Starlings probably originated in the general area of the ________, perhaps towards the southwestern Pacific, as evidenced by the number of plesiomorphic lineages to occur there.
Far EastCentral AsiaSoutheast AsiaEast Asia

Question 3: Genus Sturnus—typical starlings (about 12 species; includes probably valid genera Gracupica, Pastor and Temenuchus; but highly ________)
ParaphylyCladeDNA barcodingCladistics

Question 4: Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine ________ in the family Sturnidae.
BirdArchaeopteryxEnantiornithesModern birds

Question 5: The name "Sturnidae" comes from the ________ word for starling, sturnus.
Vulgar LatinOld LatinRoman EmpireLatin

Question 6: Brahminy Starling Sturnus pagodarum with nesting material at Pocharam lake, ________, India.
TelanganaHyderabad, IndiaMaharashtraAndhra Pradesh

Question 7: As the fossil record is limited to quite ________ forms, the proposed Early Miocene (about 25–20 mya) divergence dates for the "sturnoids" lineages must be considered extremely tentative.
HolocenePleistocene10th millennium BCGeologic time scale

Question 8: Genus Aplonis—Pacific starlings (c.20 living species, 4–5 recently ________)
EvolutionHolocene extinctionConservation biologyExtinction

Question 9: The starlings belong to the superfamily Muscicapoidea, together with thrushes, flycatchers and chats, as well as ________ which are quite distant and Mimidae (thrashers and mockingbirds).
PasserineCommon BlackbirdRing OuzelDipper

Question 10: In addition to trees they are also important dispersers of parasitic ________.


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