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
Coot Fulica atra

Blackish/Sooty grey with a white bill and frontal shield. The legs and lobed toes are a silvery... more

Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea

Very similar to the Common Tern. Arctic Terns are recognised by very short legs, blood red bill... more

Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus

Crested tits are similar to Willow and Marsh Tits but in the U.K. they are only found in the... more

Canada Goose Branta canadensis

A large goose, with a distinctive black head and neck and large white throat patch. An... more

Merlin Falco columbarius

The male is slate grey on the back and with dark primaries dark bar at the tip of tail and a... more

Identification of British Birds

Branta leucopsis
Streptopelia decaocto
Oriolus oriolus
Coracias garrulus


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.