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
Black Stork Ciconia nigra

Black Stork is not quite as big as a White Stork and can be identified by the head, neck and... more

Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator

Summer visitor to Europe (mainly Mediterranean) occurring here in UK as a vagrant.

Wryneck Jynx torquila

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

American Robin Turdus migratorius

Gray back with red breast. It is white underneath the tail feathers and on the lower belly. The... more

Great Tit Parus major

The Great Tit is the largest European tit - about the size of a House Sparrow. The crown, nape... more

Identification of British Birds

Delichon urbicum
Gallinago media
Circus pygargus
Oxyura leucocephala


Title Description
Brood Parasite A bird that lays its eggs in the nest of another bird (either another species or another individual of the same species) so that the young will be raised by the host parents.