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British Birds - Garden Birds 05 - Rare
'Yaffle' was an English folk name for this bird. What do we know it as now?

British Birds - Garden Birds 05 - Rare

This quiz contains the birds that occupy positions 41 to 50 in "The Big Garden Birdwatch" of 2011. The event is organized by the RSPB each spring and gets people all over the country reporting on the birds in their garden. Count yourself lucky if you see any of the following in your garden - they are rare visitors to our homes.

To read more about the individual birds go to British Garden Birds where you will find a wealth of information on a friendly website dedicated to helping garden birdwatchers.

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1.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Stawek Staszczuk
Blue Tit
Crested Tit
Long-tailed Tit
Marsh Tit
  • Group: Tits
  • Binomial: Parus palustris
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Paridae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • The global population includes between 6.1 million and 12 million birds in Europe alone.
  • Individual birds can have more than five songs, which they use interchangeably.
  • The call sounds like a ringing sneeze.
2.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of AlanVernon
Yellowhammer
Common Starling
Lapland Bunting
House Sparrow
  • Group: Buntings and American Sparrows
  • Binomial: Emberiza citrinella
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Emberizidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • Common in all sorts of open areas.
  • Often seen perched on top of a hedge or bush, singing its high-pitched song.
  • The familiar song of the male is often described as 'A little bit of bread and no cheese'.
3.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Avicedo
Common Buzzard
Golden Eagle
Northern Goshawk
European Honey-buzzard
  • Group: Buzzards, Kites and allies
  • Binomial: Buteo buteo
  • Order: Falconiformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Status: Resident Breeder And Passage Migrant
  • Pairs mate for life.
  • The male performs a ritual aerial display before the beginning of spring.
  • This spectacular display is known as 'the roller coaster'.
4.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Pawel Kuzniar
Eurasian Nuthatch
Grey Heron
Common Treecreeper
Northern Gannet
  • Group: Treecreepers
  • Binomial: Certhia familiaris
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Certhiidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • It climbs up trees mouse-like and usually starts at the bottom and works upwards in a spiral around the trunk.
  • Both call and song are high-pitched and not audible to everyone.
  • Small and very active bird.
5.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Katie Fuller
Ring Ouzel
Goldcrest
Common Pied Oystercatcher
Shore Lark
  • Group: Kinglets
  • Binomial: Regulus regulus
  • Order: Passeriformes.
  • Family: Regulidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • Called the 'king of the birds' in European folklore.
  • The female is reluctant to leave the nest when disturbed, and has been recorded to stay in the nest when it is moved, or even when it is being held.
6.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Emberiza Schoeniclus
Common Starling
House Sparrow
Dunnock
Reed Bunting
  • Group: Buntings and American Sparrows
  • Binomial: Emberiza schoeniclus
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Emberizidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • Usually delivers its song from a perch at the top of a tree or bush.
  • The nest is a cup of grass and moss built on the ground.
  • Fine grasses and hair are used to line the cup.
7.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Neil Phillips
European Robin
Blackbird
Common Redstart
Mistle Thrush
  • Group: Thrushes
  • Binomial: Turdus viscivorus
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Turdidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • The alarm call is like a football rattle or machine gun.
  • Their dreamy song is loud and far reaching and often heard during stormy weather, hence its alternative name of Stormcock.
8.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Kclama
Grey Wagtail
Barn Swallow
Pied Wagtail
Water Pipit
  • Group: Wagtails and Pipits
  • Binomial: Motacilla cinerea
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Motacillidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • Their diet comprises insects, such as midges and ants, which they find alongside rivers, etc.
  • They will also take water snails and tadpoles from shallow water.
  • The young are fed by both parents.
9.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Andrei Stroe
Willow Tit
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker
Marsh Tit
  • Group: Woodpeckers
  • Binomial: Picus viridis
  • Order: Piciformes
  • Family: Picidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • Spends much of its time feeding on ants on the ground.
  • The tongue is long (10 cm) and has to be curled around its skull.
  • 'Yaffle' was an English folk name for this bird.
10.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Randen Pederson
Feral Pigeon
Black Redstart
Northern Gannet
Bohemian Waxwing
  • Group: Waxwings
  • Binomial: Bombycilla garrulus
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Bombycillidae
  • Status: Winter Visitor
  • This species is irruptive, moving in unpredictable migration patterns from year to year.
  • Birds in winter can be very confiding and will come into gardens for berries, a favourite being the rowan.

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