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
Blackbird Turdus merula

As would be expected, the male blackbird is entirely black with only a ring of orange-yellow... more

Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca

In summer, the male has mostly black upperparts and white underparts, a white-edged tail and a... more

Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis

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

Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus

These birds are slightly smaller and slimmer than a blackbird - male ring ouzels are
... more

Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava

The male Yellow Wagtail has bright yellow underparts and face in summer, with olive green... more

Identification of British Birds

Falco columbarius
Motacilla citreola
Sturnus vulgaris
Corvus corax


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Brood Reduction A reproductive strategy in which a female bird produces more eggs than she would normally be capable of raising. If food resources are too limited to support all young (if all eggs hatch), any late-...