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
Herring Gull Larus argentatus

With white plumage to the head, neck, breast and underside, the wings of a Herring gull are... more

Curlew Numenius arquata

Large wader, with long down curving bill. Uniformly streaked and barred grey brown. distinctive... more

Swallow Hirundo rustica

Swallows are slimmer and more elegant than the Martins, a feature exaggerated by the long tail... more

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos minor

The smallest woodpecker. The head is black and white, black nape and white forehead, the flanks... more

Nuthatch Sitta europaea

A long pointed bill and a short tail. Upper parts are blue-grey in colour, with reddish brown... more

Identification of British Birds

Anser anser
Lanius nubicus
Calidris bairdii
Phoenicopterus chilensis


Title Description
Gular Region Between the chin and foreneck.