What’s in a Name?

Scientific names consist to two parts, genus and species. The scientific name for humans is Homo sapiens. The genus tells the group that the organism is in, and the species is usually an adjective that ‘describes’ something about the organism. See if you can determine who the following scientific names are relating to – it helps if you had Latin in school.

Thanks to Kane County Chapter President and former Illinois Audubon Society board member Bob Andrini for preparing this quiz. You may also recognize Bob as the author of the Birders Notebook features on the IAS Facebook page.

Learn more about the Illinois Audubon Society at illinoisaudubon.org.