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
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea

The Grey Heron is a tall, stately bird with long legs and neck

It's upperparts are grey... more

Lapwing Vanellus vanellus

A medium-sized wader, the lapwing appears black and white from a distance with large square... more

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor

The smallest woodpecker. The head is black and white, black nape and white forehead, the flanks... more

Wryneck Jynx torquila

Wrynecks are small sparrow size birds and are greyish overall with brown and buff mottling. They... more

Swallow Hirundo rustica

Swallows are slimmer and more elegant than the Martins, a feature exaggerated by the long tail... more

Identification of British Birds

Prunella modularis
Anas erythrorhyncha
Parabuteo unicinctus
Ichthyaetus audouinii


Title Description
Culmen The culmen is the upper ridge on a bird's bill.