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
Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis

As large as Wood Warblers but much duller, lacking in yellow tones. The neat pale wing-bar is a... more

Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

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

Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs

A very colourful, alert and chirpy bird, the Chaffinch is a popular bird often found under... more

Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

The Crossbill, especially the male has an almost Parrot like appearance and is in fact a heavily... more

Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides

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

Identification of British Birds

Carduelis spinus
Chlidonias niger
Limosa limosa
Pica pica


Title Description
Definitive Plumage The mature plumage of a bird attained after the molting of all immature plumages. Definitive plumage does not change as the bird ages and is renewed after each molt with identically marked plumage.