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British Birds - Miscellaneous 02
They perform elaborate greeting rituals, stretching their necks skywards and gently tapping bills together.

British Birds - Miscellaneous 02

Birds range in size from the 5 cm (2 in) bee hummingbird to the 2.75 m (9 ft) ostrich. The fossil record indicates birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic period, around 160 million years ago. All living species of birds have wings - the now extinct flightless moa of New Zealand was the only exception.

The picture to the right, of the Northern Gannet, is from the wonderful wildlife portfolio of Alan and Elaine Wilson. We cannot recommend strongly enough that you visit their website at Nature's Pics where you will find some of the most breathtaking images you can imagine.

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1.
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.
2.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of http://www.naturespicsonline.com/
Bohemian Waxwing
Feral Pigeon
Northern Gannet
Common Spoonbill
  • Group: Gannets
  • Binomial: Morus bassanus
  • Order: Pelecaniformes
  • Family: Sulidae
  • Status: Breeding Summer Visitor And Passage Migrant
  • Pairs may remain together over several seasons.
  • They perform elaborate greeting rituals, stretching their necks skywards and gently tapping bills together.
3.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Stefan-Xp
Great Bittern
Black Redstart
Common Treecreeper
Eurasian Nuthatch
  • Group: Thrushes
  • Binomial: Phoenicurus ochruros
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Turdidae
  • Status: Scarce Breeding Resident, Passage Migrant & Winter Visitor
  • A slim, upright bird, but also quite shy.
  • The song is a hurried warble, followed by a scrunching sound like a bag of marbles, and finishing with a burst of ringing notes.
4.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Walter Siegmund
Northern Gannet
Rough-legged Buzzard
Feral Pigeon
Great Bittern
  • Group: Buzzards, Kites and allies
  • Binomial: Buteo lagopus
  • Order: Falconiformes
  • Family: Accipitridae
  • Status: Winter Visitor
  • It has the habit of 'hanging' in the air, hovering regularly, while looking for prey.
  • Its toes are short for its size.
  • It breeds on cliffs, slopes or in trees, laying about four eggs.
5.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Alexander Gamauf
Feral Pigeon
Great Bittern
Rough-legged Buzzard
Northern Gannet
  • Group: Pigeons and Doves
  • Binomial: Columba livia
  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae
  • Status: Resident, Most Birds Are Of Feral Origin
  • A familiar site in towns and cities, pecking at scraps of food.
  • Descended from the Rock Dove but breeding with other types of pigeon and dove has resulted in great diversity.
6.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Bjorn Kreis
Grey Heron
Feral Pigeon
Bohemian Waxwing
Common Treecreeper
  • Group: Bitterns, Herons and Egrets
  • Binomial: Ardea cinerea
  • Order: Ciconiiformes
  • Family: Ardeidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species And Winter Migrant
  • In flight it holds its neck retracted.
  • It is usually solitary although several birds may feed fairly close together.
  • It stalks its food, often standing motionless for some considerable time.
7.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of http://www.lucnix.be/main.php
Eurasian Nuthatch
Common Spoonbill
Bohemian Waxwing
Common Treecreeper
  • Group: Nuthatches
  • Binomial: Sitta europaea
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Sittidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species
  • This bird climbs up, down and around the tree trunk and branches using its powerful toes.
  • Best looked for in mature woods and established parkland.
  • Occasional sightings in Scotland.
8.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of http://www.marekszczepanek.pl/
Great Bittern
Black Redstart
Northern Gannet
Bohemian Waxwing
  • Group: Bitterns, Herons and Egrets
  • Binomial: Botaurus stellata
  • Order: Ciconiiformes
  • Family: Ardeidae
  • Status: Resident Breeding Species And Winter Migrant
  • A secretive bird, very difficult to see, as it moves silently through reeds at water's edge, looking for fish.
  • The males make a remarkable far-carrying, booming sound in spring.
9.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of http://photo-natur.de/
Eurasian Nuthatch
Common Spoonbill
Rough-legged Buzzard
Great Bittern
  • Group: Ibises and Spoonbills
  • Binomial: Platalea leucorodia
  • Order: Ciconiiformes
  • Family: Threskiornithidae
  • Status: Scarce Migrant, Recently Bred
  • These birds are tall white waterbirds with long spatulate black bills and long black legs.
  • Can be seen on coastal sites in north-west and south-west England and East Anglia.
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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