Birds

Muscovy duck close-up

Muscovy Duck (Cairina Moschata)

The Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata) is a member of the waterfowl family, which also includes Canada geese, brant, and swan. The Muscovy’s closest relative is the domestic mallard which has been hunted to extinction in its native North America. The Muscovy duck is the only type of domestic duck breed that didn’t descend from the …

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Marsh Tit resting on a branch

Marsh Tit (Poecile Palustris)

A tiny little bird, the marsh tit belongs to the genus Poecile. They are members of the tit family of passerines which includes other easily recognisable birds such as buntings. However, they can be easily confused with the great tit, coal tits and willow tits, but they are all indeed separate species. Marsh Tit Identification …

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Brambling and common linnet in heavy winter searching for food

Brambling (Fringilla Montifringilla)

The brambling (scientific name Fringilla montifringilla) is a bird of the finch family Fringillidae. It has featured on stamps of some countries, including Denmark and Sweden, because of its original distribution range across Scandinavia. There are several recognizable subspecies in Europe and Asia, but in America, there is only one. This bird’s name comes from …

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Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

Kestrel (Falco Tinnunculus)

The common kestrel (scientific name Falco tinnunculus) is a small passerine bird of the falcon family, which breeds across Europe and parts of Asia. It is a common species in many parts of the UK but is absent from much of North Africa and the Sahel region, southern Eurasia and Australia. The kestrel name derives …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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