Lesbians in the Wild: Do These Birds Look Gay Trivia Quiz

April was Trivia Meet-Up Month here at Autostraddle, and we tested your abilities to recall 90s trivia, celesbian gossipactivist herstory, and assorted plot points relating to four gay franchises (#<3LesbianJughead). We loved trivia so much and y’all had so much fun with it that we created a few more quizzes for you in May!

Now it’s time to turn our eyes away from the screen, pick our heads up out of our books, and look outside. Yes, today’s the day for the wildlife themed quiz you’ve been waiting for your whole entire life! Without even knowing it! Check out these lesbians in the wild.*

*Also includes some domesticated lesbians. 

Lesbians In The Wild

  • 2. Identify the following gay looking birds:

  • 10. Among the Laysan albatross population on the island of Oahu, 31% of couples are female-female pairs. Select their image from the choices below.

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Laura Mandanas

Laura Mandanas is a Filipina American living in Boston. By day, she works as an industrial engineer. By night, she is beautiful and terrible as the morn, treacherous as the seas, stronger than the foundations of the Earth. All shall love her and despair. Follow her: @LauraMWrites.

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  1. Not sharing my score because as a wildlife biologist, it’s hella embarassing.

    I’d like to point out that the pictured cockatiel has male plumage, and is probably not a lesbian, although, she could be trans. And then made me wonder… if you gave birds hormone replacement therapy, could their plumage change on next molt to display the typical pattern of other sex? Some cursory searching the literature makes it seem like no one has ever tried. Screw conservation science, I think I’m changing careers…

    Now I’m down a rabbit hole of: do some animal species have gender? I mean, it’s doubtful that we invented the concept all by ourselves without at least some proto-versions along the evolutionary way. And certainly animals do seem to ‘perform’ gender in specific social settings and when competing for mates. So, are there animals that perform gender in ways different than their biological sex (I’m talking about behaviours that could be construed as gender performativity that are non-sexual, not same-sex sexual activities), and what happens to them?


    Also any fellow of the 2% bird owners out here?

  2. Good job!
    Quiz Grade: A
    Score: 14
    Percentage: 100%

    Growing up the green cake was always the first slice I got in Trivial Pursuit (orange was always last).

    Also, I got more and more invested as I went along, and spent at least 5 minutes sipping tea and debating probabilities of AS pet ownership statistics.

  3. I love these quizzes!

    Reminded me of the bowerbird. Though not specifically gay, it reminds me of lesbian flirting. They build a garden and put all of their energy in that and then hope someone comes and stays.

  4. Hi Laura, I’m just here to point out an inaccuracy in this quiz. On question 8, I chose “Dolphins are just gay sharks” and that was wrong for some reason??

    Dolphins are definitely, scientifically, one hundo p just gay sharks so I’m not sure why that answer was marked incorrect. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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