What is Street Creatures?  This is the game I run on Twitter every Friday. I’ve
collected all the past quizzes here in one place so you can either relive them, or play
them for the first time.

How does it work?  Provided are four, seemingly unrelated clues, that are all
connected by a wild organism that can be found in a city. Look at the four clues,
do some research, and when you think you’ve figured it out, click on ‘Answer’
to reveal what connects the clues, and how they are connected.

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Quiz #59 Clues

Parliament of Fowls

Answer (Don't click until you've solved it)

Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)


Lapwings have more names than any other British bird including Lapwink, Peewit, Wick, Tew-it, Bastard Plover, Philip-a-week, Wallapy, and of course, Phillapee.

Parliament of Fowls:

Good ol’ Chaucer really damaged the Lapwing’s reputation in this story when he wrote “the false lapwynge full of treacherye”. They got this bad rap because of mistaken identity from a Greek legend about a Hoopoe, who also has a crest.


Not to blame Chaucer, but his mistake may have led to a group of lapwings being called a ‘deceit’.


Lapwings betrayed a hidden meeting of Covenanters who were trying to meet amongst the nesting birds who took issue with this, altering the Redcoats to their presence. Scots looked unfavorably upon the birds after that.
The poet John Leyden wrote a poem about the occasion. “The lapwing’s clamorous whoop attends their flight, Pursues their steps where’er the wanderers go, Till the shrill scream betrays them to the foe.”
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