A complete guide to the different types of birds, with pictures and facts.
This page is for everyone interested in knowing a bit more about birds – from budding ornithologists, to those who just want to discover more about bird life from all around the world.
Scroll down for an alphabetical list of many different types of birds from all around the world. You can click on any of the photos in the index section to find out more about a particular type of bird.
A bird is a vertebrate animal belonging to the class Aves. A bird has feathers, wings and a toothless beak, and most birds can fly. All birds are descended from dinosaurs, and today, most biologists consider birds to be dinosaurs. The term ‘avian dinosaurs’ can be used to differentiate birds from other dinosaurs.
When it comes to good quality British bird books, the aspiring birdwatcher is spoilt for choice; a number of excellent publications are available, any of which would be suitable for a birder in any stage of his or her career.
On this page we take a look at some of the best British bird books, and offer our suggestions as to which one we’d chose to put in our backpack the next time we go birding…
On this page you’ll find a list of 25 common British birds with pictures and facts on each species. We’ve included not only garden birds, but also species found in woodlands, cities and coastal regions, giving you a useful introduction to British bird species.
We think that everyone in Britain should be able to identify most – if not all – of the birds on this list!
As you read through the list make a note of how many of these common British birds you can identify. Let us know how you did in the comments at the bottom of the page!
Many of these birds can also be found in other parts of the world. If you don’t live in Britain, comment to let us know where you’re from and which of these species can also be found in your country!
Want to see more British Birds?
Once you know all of the birds on this list, you’ll find 25 slightly less-common British species on this page: Birds of Britain
Birds are well-known for having good eyesight. Even before scientists began to examine bird vision, phrases such as ‘hawk-eyed’ were used to describe people who could see long distances. On this page, we’ll find out all about bird eyesight, and discover how birds see the world.