British Birds

British Birds on Wild About Britain includes the latest bird news from around the UK, thousands of bird photos in our image gallery, hundreds of bird conversations in our bird forums, a directory of British bird-related organisations and websites, as well as a big reference encyclopedia with information on everything from the Magpie and Ruddy Shelduck to the Temminck's Stint and the Great Northern Diver.

Encyclopedia of British Birds

Common Name Scientific Name Description
Jackdaw Corvus monedula

The Jackdaw is our smallest crow and is roughly the same size as a Jay. Like all other members... more

Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus

The male has a bright yellow head, with a black crown, eye stripe and throat, and a greenish... more

Starling Sturnus vulgaris

At a distance the Starling can easily be mistaken for a small blackbird, however, it does have a... more

Treecreeper Certhia familiaris

A small bird found creeping around trees looking for insects. Their pattern means they are very... more

Raven Corvus corax

The Raven is the U.K.s largest crow and is about the same size as a Buzzard. They have thick... more

Identification of British Birds

Corvus frugilegus
Pyrrhulla pyrrhulla
Aix sponsa
Tachybaptus ruficollis


Title Description
Air Sac A structure unique to the respiratory system of birds. Air sacs are thin-walled structures and through which air flows as the bird breathes. Air sacs enable air to flow in one direction through the...