Birds

common redpoll on a tree

Common Redpoll (Acanthis Flammea)

The common redpoll (Acanthis Flammea) is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae, which breeds in the northern regions of Europe and Asia. It is one of three species in the genus Acanthis, but is also often known as the mealy redpoll, and the common goldfinch, especially when placed within that group’s winter …

Common Redpoll (Acanthis Flammea) Read More »

Common linnet, Linaria cannabina, small passerine bird

Linnet (Linaria Cannabina)

The common linnet (scientific name Linaria cannabina) is a passerine bird that belongs to the finch family. It was previously in the genus Carduelis, but in 2012 was moved to Linaria. Therefore you may see the bird go by Linaria cannabina and Carduelis cannabina. The term linnet is also used to refer to two other …

Linnet (Linaria Cannabina) Read More »

European stonechat perching on a fern

Stonechat (Saxicola Rubicola)

A stonechat (scientific name Saxicola rubicola) is a small-sized bird in the family of thrushes. It is a common and widespread species with its habitat covering most of Europe, northern Africa, extreme southwestern Asia, to the Pacific Ocean. The stonechat bird gets its name from its call, which sounds like two stones being hit together. …

Stonechat (Saxicola Rubicola) Read More »

common moorhen

Moorhen (Gallinula Chloropus)

The moorhen (gallinula chloropus) is a water bird that is a member of the rail family. It is the only living bird species in its genus. It has also been called the American coot, common moorhen, swamp chicken, and marsh hen. The moorhen has many different names in different places. It can be called the …

Moorhen (Gallinula Chloropus) Read More »

Swallow In Flight On Blue Cloudy Skies

Swallow (Hirundo Rustica)

The swallow (also known as barn swallow), or scientific name Hirundo rustica in Latin, is one of the 20 most common garden birds found in Europe. They are migratory birds that inhabit rural areas as well as urban ones. They can be found living in abandoned and open-fronted buildings, on fences, under bridges, and on …

Swallow (Hirundo Rustica) Read More »

jay in natural habitat (Garrulus Glandarius)

Eurasian Jay (Garrulus Glandarius)

The jay (scientific name Garrulus glandarius) is the most colourful member of the Corvidae family, which has been around for 10 million years and includes more than 120 endemic species. Unlike others in the crow family that have black plumage (like crows and jackdaws), jays have a very small amount of black feathers. Jays are also …

Eurasian Jay (Garrulus Glandarius) Read More »

The Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

Jackdaw (Corvus Monedula)

The jackdaw (scientific name Corvus monedula) is a passerine bird in the crow family, native to Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East. It is known by many different names, such as the western jackdaw, the Eurasian jackdaw or the European jackdaw. It is possibly the most abundant species of crow in Europe, with an …

Jackdaw (Corvus Monedula) Read More »

A closeup shot of a dunnock bird perched on a bush

Dunnock (Prunella Modularis)

A dunnock (scientific name prunella modularis) is a Eurasian songbird in the family Mimidae. It is also known as the hedge sparrow or hedge warbler, and is often mistaken for the female house sparrow. The word dunnock comes from the medieval Dutch term for this bird, “dunnik”. Dunnock is also a surname, particularly associated with …

Dunnock (Prunella Modularis) Read More »

Chaffinch fringella coeleb

Chaffinch (Fringilla Coelebs)

The chaffinch (scientific name fringilla coelebs) is a wild bird species that is a member of the Fringillidae family, which also includes the common sparrow, crossbill, and common linnet. The chaffinch can be found in large flocks all around northern Europe and Asia, and Northern Africa. You may often hear chaffinches singing, as it’s the …

Chaffinch (Fringilla Coelebs) Read More »