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
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla

A large fairly bulky grey warbler with a black cap if male and chestnut-brown for the female.... more

Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

The Cormorant is a large conspicuous waterbird that has an almost primitive appearance, with it'... more

Redshank Tringa totanus

A long, slender bird with distinctive red legs and orange-red bill with black tip. The colouring... more

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides

Nominate species: Medium large gull - marginally smaller than Herring Gull. Pale in all... more

Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis

This small finch is strikingly colourful with its mixture of red, white and black on the head,... more

Identification of British Birds

Numenius arquata
Calonectris diomedea
Chlidonias hybridus
Dumetella carolinensis


Title Description
Centrifugal Tail Molt The shedding and replacement of a bird's tail feathers that begins with the innermost pair of feathers being replaced first and then proceeding from the centre outward. Only one pair of feathers...