Wild Bird Library

With about 10,000 known bird species, it can seem like quite an undertaking to learn about them. Why not start by finding out about the birds in your own neighbourhood? Read on to learn about these wonderful creatures!

Blue Tit

The bright blue and yellow plumage of the blue tit is a familiar and attractive site in most gardens across the UK.

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Chaffinch

The Chaffinch is a common site in the UK and Europe, and has avoided the population decline that has been seen in many species.

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Great Tit

The largest of the tits found in the UK, the Great Tit is also found across Europe and Asia as far as Indonesia.

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House Sparrow

The house sparrow, native to Europe and Asia, has also successfully colonised the Americas. However, the population has declined in recent years.

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Spanish Sparrow

The Spanish Sparrow is a member of the sparrow family that’s found in the Mediterranean region, as well as parts of Asia. It’s very similar to the House Sparrow.

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Bullfinches

The Bullfinch has a distinctive pinkish-red breast, and its short black bill is ideally suited to eating hard seeds and fruit.

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European Greenfinch

The European Greenfinch is a large yellowy-green finch that's a regular visitor to bird tables and bird feeders.

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European Goldfinch

The Goldfinch is easily recognised its bright red face and yellow wing patch. These sociable birds can be seen all year round.

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Coal Tit

The Coal Tit is the smallest of the tits found in the UK, and it's less colourful than many of the other tit species.

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Robin

With its distinctive red breast, the robin is an easily recognisable visitor to our gardens, and a firm favourite with many people.

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Dunnock

Dunnock

The Dunnock is also known as the Hedge sparrow. This originates from its similarity to the House Sparrow

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Greater Spotted Woodpecker

This striking black-and-white woodpecker is perhaps the most familiar woodpecker in the UK, being a regular visitor to bird tables.

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Linnet

The Linnet is a small finch that was once popular as a caged bird, thanks to its pleasant song.

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Redpoll (Lesser)

The lesser redpoll is a small finch, not much bigger than a blue tit. You’ll sometimes see them hanging upside down to feed.

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Reed Bunting

The Reed Bunting is a slim sparrow-sized bird that’s often found in farmlands or wetlands. It’s sometimes spotted in gardens during the winter months.

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Siskin

The Siskin is a small finch with a long narrow bill and a forked tail. It’s an agile bird that visits gardens when food is hard to find.

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Skylark

This small brown bird boasts a small crest – this can be raised when the bird is excited or alarmed. Like many bird species, its population has declined in recent years.

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Starling

The starling may look black when seen from a distance, but if you can get closer you’ll see a profusion of glossy purple and green hues.

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Nuthatch

The Nuthatch resembles a woodpecker, with its distinctive blue-grey colouration on the top. However, it’s a small bird, similar in size to the Great Tit.

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Woodpigeon

This familiar bird is generally grey, but with a pinkish colour to the breast. This species is Europe’s largest pigeon.

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Yellowhammer

Male Yellowhammers have an unmistakeable bright yellow head and under parts, though the female is much duller in colour.

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