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Birds of Europe

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Including vagrants, ignoring occasional stragglers ("accidentals"), there are in total about 570 bird species in Europe, including its coastal waters and islands. These pages contain our steadily growing account of sightings, photography and sound recordings of European birds. Currently we have information available on 323 bird species, 33 of which were seen by us elsewhere, with 303 thumbnail images for those species of which we have reasonably good photos.

The scientific and common names of all bird species presented on these pages are listed in an INDEX. Credits to contributors are given here. Comments are welcome.

The second-tier navigation bar above provides links to a number of high-level pages and, in addition, to each of the 26 family groups of birds, following a convention introduced in the "Field Guide to Australian Birds" by Michael Morcombe. Hovering the cursor above the numbers, one can see which bird families each group comprises.

Latest Updates
Alpine Swift
Added 24/11/2020
Barn Owl
Added 17/11/2020

These pages are largely based on our own observations and those of our contributors. The structure of these bird pages is explained HERE. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.

Would you like to contribute photos or sound recordings to this site?
If interested, please CLICK HERE. Credits to contributors are given HERE.