Bird Identification

The official list of British birds held by the British Ornithologists’ Union currently contains 598 species. These bird identification guides provide information about over 140 of the most common British birds including garden birds, birds of prey, shorebirds and waterfowl. The A-Z bird guides include identifying features, nesting and feeding habits, examples of songs and calls, as well as the conservation status of each bird. 

Conservation status

Red, amber, or green

Browse all the birds below or use the drop down box to choose a species:

Aquatic Warbler

Aquatic Warbler

Arctic Skua

Arctic Skua

Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern

Avocet

Avocet

Balearic Shearwater

Balearic Shearwater

Bar-Tailed Godwit

Bar-Tailed Godwit

Barn Owl

Barn Owl

Barnacle Goose

Barnacle Goose

Bearded Tit

Bearded Tit

Bewick's Swan

Bewick’s Swan

Bittern

Bittern

Black Grouse

Black Grouse

Black Redstart

Black Redstart

Black-Headed Gull

Black-Headed Gull

Black-Throated Diver

Black-Throated Diver

Blackbird

Blackbird

Blackcap

Blackcap

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Brambling

Brambling

Brent Goose

Brent Goose

Bullfinch

Bullfinch

Buzzard

Buzzard

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Capercaillie

Capercaillie

Carrion Crow

Carrion Crow

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Cetti's Warbler

Cetti’s Warbler

Chaffinch

Chaffinch

Chiffchaff

Chiffchaff

Chough

Chough

Coal Tit

Coal Tit

Collared Dove

Collared Dove

Common Gull

Common Gull

Common Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Common Scoter

Common Scoter

Coot

Coot

Cormorant

Cormorant

Corn Bunting

Corn Bunting

Crested Tit

Crested Tit

Crossbill

Crossbill

Cuckoo

Cuckoo

Curlew

Curlew

Dartford Warbler

Dartford Warbler

Dipper

Dipper

Dunlin

Dunlin

Dunnock

Dunnock

Eider

Eider

Feral Pigeon

Feral Pigeon

Fieldfare

Fieldfare

Firecrest

Firecrest

Gannet

Gannet

Garden Warbler

Garden Warbler

Goldcrest

Goldcrest

Golden Eagle

Golden Eagle

Golden Plover

Golden Plover

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

Goosander

Goosander

Goshawk

Goshawk

Great Black-Backed Gull

Great Black-Backed Gull

Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Tit

Great Tit

Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker

Greenfinch

Greenfinch

Grey Heron

Grey Heron

Grey Plover

Grey Plover

Guillemot

Guillemot

Hawfinch

Hawfinch

Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Hobby

Hobby

European Honey Buzzard

Honey Buzzard

Hooded Crow

Hooded Crow

Hoopoe

Hoopoe

House Martin

House Martin

House Sparrow

House Sparrow

Jackdaw

Jackdaw

Jay

Jay

Kestrel

Kestrel

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Kittiwake

Kittiwake

Lapwing

Lapwing

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Linnet

Linnet

Little Owl

Little Owl

Long-Tailed Tit

Long-Tailed Tit

Magpie

Magpie

Mallard

Mallard

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier

Marsh Tit

Marsh Tit

Meadow Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Merlin

Merlin

Mistle Thrush

Mistle Thrush

Moorhen

Moorhen

Mute Swan

Mute Swan

Nightgale

Nightingale

Nightjar

Nightjar

Nuthatch

Nuthatch

Osprey

Osprey

Oystercatcher

Oystercatcher

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Pheasant

Pheasant

Pied Flycatcher

Pied Flycatcher

Pied Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Pintail

Pintail

Ptarmigan

Ptarmigan

Puffin

Puffin

Purple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper

Raven

Raven

Razorbill

Razorbill

Red Grouse

Red Grouse

Red Kite

Red Kite

Redwing

Redwing

Reed Bunting

Reed Bunting

Ring-Necked Parakeet

Ring-Necked Parakeet

Robin

Robin

Rock Pipit

Rock Pipit

Rook

Rook

Sand Martin

Sand Martin

Serin

Serin

Shag

Shag

Shelduck

Shelduck

Short-Eared Owl

Short-Eared Owl

Shoveler

Shoveler

Siskin

Siskin

Skylark

Skylark

Smew

Smew

Snipe

Snipe

Song Thrush

Song Thrush

Sparrowhawk

Sparrowhawk

Spotted Redshank

Spotted Redshank

Starling

Starling

Stonechat

Stonechat

Swallow

Swallow

Swift

Swift

Tawny Owl

Tawny Owl

Teal

Teal

Tree Sparrow

Tree Sparrow

Treecreeper

Treecreeper

Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck

Turtle Dove

Turtle Dove

Velvet Scoter

Velvet Scoter

Water Rail

Water Rail

Waxwing

Waxwing

Whinchat

Whinchat

White-Tailed Eagle

White-Tailed Eagle

Whitethroat

Whitethroat

Whooper Swan

Whooper Swan

Wigeon

Wigeon

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Wood Pigeon

Wood Pigeon

Woodcock

Woodcock

Woodlark

Woodlark

Wren

Wren

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Yellow-Legged Gull

Yellow-Legged Gull

Yellowhammer

Yellowhammer

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