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British Birds - Garden Birds 01 - Most Common
Both sexes of this bird have similar colouring but the females are slightly paler. What is it?

British Birds - Garden Birds 01 - Most Common

This quiz contains the 10 birds most frequently seen in British gardens as established by "The Big Garden Birdwatch 2011" organized by the RSPB.

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1.
What is this common garden bird?
Photograph courtesy of http://www.photo-natur.de/
Chaffinch
European Goldfinch
Eurasian Bullfinch
Common Crossbill
  • Group: Finches
  • Binomial: Fringilla coelebs
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Fringillidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • Look for the distinctive white wing bars on both males and females
  • Females and young have more subdued colours
  • The most common finch found in the British Isles
2.
What is this common garden bird?
Photograph courtesy of Tristan Ferne
Mealy Redpoll
Wood Pigeon
Bearded Tit
Pied Flycatcher
  • Group: Pigeons and Doves
  • Binomial: Columba palumbus
  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • Birds have a prominent white area around their neck, eyes are bright yellow and legs and bills are pink
  • On the ground they "Waddle"!
  • In frosty weather huge flocks devour farmers crops
3.
What is this common garden bird?
Photograph courtesy of Barney Livingston
Willow Tit
Blue Tit
Great Tit
Green Woodpecker
  • Group: Tits
  • Binomial: Parus major
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Paridae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • The largest of the UK tits
  • There is a prominent black stripe down the whole of the front
  • Widely distributed in the UK but not found on the Northern and Western Isles of Scotland
4.
What is this common garden bird?
Photograph courtesy of Pete Birkinshaw
Song Thrush
European Stonechat
Blackbird
Fieldfare
  • Group: Thrushes
  • Binomial: Turdus merula
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Turdidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • Mature males are glossy black but females and young are a lighter reddish-brown
  • Albinism leads to the contradictory terminology of "White Blackbirds" but birds are seldom completely white
5.
What is this common garden bird?
Photograph courtesy of Lip Kee
Tree Sparrow
Reed Bunting
House Sparrow
Yellowhammer
  • Group: Sparrows
  • Binomial: Passer domesticus
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Passeridae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • Once common throughout the UK but now in decline in many areas
  • The size of the black bib determines the bird's dominance within its community
  • It is normally found wherever there is a concentration of people
6.
What is this common garden bird?
Photograph courtesy of Horia Varlan
Shore Lark
Common Pied Oystercatcher
Ring Ouzel
Collared Dove
  • Group: Pigeons and Doves
  • Binomial: Streptopelia decaocto
  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • Adults have a black and white collar around the back of the neck but this is missing in young birds
  • Very uncommon in the UK until the mid 1900's - now one of our most often seen birds
7.
What is this common garden bird?
Photograph courtesy of MPF
Eurasian Bullfinch
Eurasian Siskin
European Goldfinch
Lesser Redpoll
  • Group: Finches
  • Binomial: Carduelis carduelis
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Fringillidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • Look for the bright red face and striking white, gold, black and brown on the rest of the body
  • A group of them are called a "Charm"
  • Put out Niger seed to attract them to your birdtable
8.
What is this common garden bird?
Photograph courtesy of Maximilian Dorsch
Willow Tit
Greater Spotted Woodpecker
Marsh Tit
Blue Tit
  • Group: Tits
  • Binomial: Parus caeruleus
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Paridae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • Both sexes have similar colouring but the females are slightly paler
  • Smaller than the Great Tit and without the prominent black stripe down its front
  • It does not migrate
9.
What is this common garden bird?
Photograph courtesy of Paul Lomax
Yellowhammer
Common Starling
Reed Bunting
Dunnock
  • Group: Starlings
  • Binomial: Sturnus vulgaris
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Sturnidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species And Winter Visitor
  • The base of their bills are blue for boys and pink for girls!
  • In the autumn massive flocks congregate in what are known as "murmurations"
10.
What is this common garden bird?
Photograph courtesy of Jimfbleak
European Robin
European Stonechat
Song Thrush
Fieldfare
  • Group: Thrushes
  • Binomial: Erithacus rubecula
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Turdidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • Males and females are identical but youngsters are a speckled brown with no red feathers
  • Fiercely territorial
  • They have an excellent voice and sometimes sing at night to streetlights

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