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
Dunnock Prunella modularis

The Dunnock, as it is commonly known looks, at first glance, rather like a dull sparrow but on... more

Audouin's Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii

A large gull restricted to the Mediterranean and the western coast of Saharan Africa. The adult... more

Carrion Crow Corvus corone

Very similar in appearance to rooks, but carrion crows have smoother plumage which has a green... more

Sanderling Calidris alba

In winter plumage their grey and white plumage distinguishes them from the same size but longer-... more

Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus

The Mistle Thrush is the largest of Britain's thrushes, the direct flight of the mistle thrush... more

Identification of British Birds

Anas acuta
Cepphus grylle
Tadorna ferruginea
Tadorna tadorna


Title Description
Alula Three feathers springing from the base of the primaries.