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
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

Little Stint Calidris minuta

Small wader about 2/3rds the length of a Dunlin with a fine tipped short bill and black legs.... more

Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto

The plumage is mostly pale brown/grey but the breast is a pinkish buff colour. Adults are... more

Coot Fulica atra

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

Identification of British Birds

Cygnus buccinator
Anthus trivialis
Junco hyemalis
Puffinus gravis


Title Description
Brood Patch An area that develops on the lower abdomen of birds in which the feathers drop off and the skin thickens, becoming densely populated with blood vessels and is used  in incubation to keep the eggs...